Today the pathway leading up to where I live was carpeted with leaves. Every autumn without fail trees undergo a renewal process, shedding old leaves to later produce new ones. I think we should do the same, namely shed along the way anything that’s weighing us down, freeing us from the fears and ties that prevent us from moving forward. We need to leave disappointment behind us, ward off pessimism, and build a protective barrier against sadness. Basically, we need to look at the approaching future through new eyes, through glasses tinted with optimism. Marcel Proust said: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Let go of things that lie heavy on your heart and grow new leaves (eyes…) in the springtime that always comes. It will make it easier to get through the winter.