How do we manage our expectations through the ups, not just the downs, to not set ourselves up to not lose a positive focus during the inevitable cycles in life? One way is to reframe the downs not as crashes, but like the seasons of the year. When a tree loses its leaves this is a temporary period, one necessary for the tree to rest through winter and thrive again come spring. Living through to and preparing for the next season can benefit from journaling, active prayer, reading for personal growth, creative endeavors, exercise, and getting organized in anticipation of the upswing. Relax, surrender and forego control.