Have you ever come across someone who is empty all the way to their core, yet you somehow end up carrying their burden? It wasn’t until recently that I learned how much lighter I feel without putting the weight of Hopeless on my back and carrying it up my mountain of life. Every day, I feel the burden of others dwindle as I keep moving forward. Every day, I feel the light shining a little more on my face as I break out of the darkness.

A few short months ago I could barely stand up because I was burdened by the weight of Hopeless. I was forced to carry more because I had surrounded myself with someone who couldn’t carry the weight of their darkness. I was standing next to someone who was soaking up the sunshine I needed to replenish my energy. I was distracted and distraught by the fears and insecurities they reflected onto me to keep me weak and immobile.

It wasn’t until I had dropped the weight of their Hopelessness that I could begin to stand up tall and see the bright and shiny light of the Sunshine I had been missing for so long. When I broke out of the darkness of their shadow, I was given a fresh look at the trail ahead. The path ahead was tall and steep covered with many stumbling blocks to climb over and many more opportunities to fall. As I dropped the weight of Hopeless, every step began to unveil another and another. Every day the trail showed a little more light and had a little less to hide. As I moved forward, I realized I had been on the path to healing before. The realization of the process toward better mental and emotional health would carry me past Hopeless.

The road is long.

The mountain is steep.

There is one thing Hopeless can’t keep.

I refuse to allow the weight of Hopeless to hold me down as I move up the mountain toward my second sunrise.

It took me a long time to realize I had mistaken a sign from the universe… I climbed a mountain to find Hope and that’s where I found you, but it was in the end you were not here to stay but here to go as the Hope I found came from losing the weight of letting you go. I have learned a few valuable lessons from the weight of Hopeless hiding away in the night refusing to let me shine my light. It was in my darkest time that I found my light and now Hope is Less without Sunshine.

  1. Don’t carry the Hopeless weight of others on your shoulders
  2. It’s easy to mistake a lesson with fate… so make sure you stay awake
  3. Learn to find your brightest light just after the darkest night
  4. Beware of the wolf hiding in the sheep’s clothing of your fears and insecurities
  5. I learned to difference between Hope and Hopeless
    • Hopeless has a problem with every solution
    • Hope is finding the benefit in every problem

As there’s a time for some to come and go there is no need to fear. The mistakes that got you here might cause you to shed a tear, but it is how you overcome the heartache once more. As you climb out of your deepest rut and head back toward the top… there’s a chance you look up to fill your own cup and you’ll find the Corner of Sunshine and Hope once more.

Published by Gary Stotler

Gary Stotler is a father, running, fitness, weight loss and personal development addict. Formally 400 pounds, Gary has naturally lost 200 pounds, created a coaching & speaking business and has become a 100 mile ultra-runner. Holding a degree in Psychology & Sociology, certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer, mindset & behavioral modification coaching, a certification in DISC personality assessment coaching and he is a certified speaker, coach & mentor with the John Maxwell Team. Gary firmly believes, if we take One Step at a Time, nothing is impossible. He is determined to let his actions show people what is possible and hopes to help you shake up your thoughts, change your actions and create your future.

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