Once, long ago, I was so afraid of the Tree of Sorrows. All I could think about was the Shadow Elementals dragging me to the tree and hurting me. I didn't know anything about it but I got that feeling that it was not a good place.
I've been back to the tree a number of times and realized that it's not as bad as I thought it was. The reality was that the tree responded to my current emotional state. I was terrified so it presented a terrifying image. Now that I go back, my state of mind is calm and quiet. I see the tree, now, as a place of solitude and quietness.
As I look around me, I see a lot of places like that tree. Like when we talk to people, we bring our own perceptions with us and those perceptions taint how we view things. Sometimes we're right and we should listen to those thoughts. Sometimes, however, we're wrong and they taint the way that we view a place or someone.
I must remember to be openly optimistic but careful at the same time. The Tree of Sorrows may not seem like a bad place right now but that could change at any time.