Gratitude at the holidays is what everyone talks about, but the best of times can also be challenging for others. I’m not talking about annoying family members or co-workers being difficult. I’m talking about those among us who don’t have food, clothing, shelter or medical care. And yet, those that have very little are often the most grateful for what they do have. Those suffering from the spoils of riches often forget the things that made them grateful once upon a time.
This is, by no means, a manifesto on how to feel and show gratitude at the holidays, but hopefully a comfort for those of us blazing (excuse the pun) the new paths of an industry going through its initial growing pains. We face many challenges from numerous directions and they can be quite frustrating. But let’s not lose sight of the many things in our regulated cannabis microcosm for which we are grateful:
- The freedom to choose cannabis for personal or professional pursuits without the threat of arrest
- Cannabis “offenders” in many states being released and having their records expunged
- States collecting cannabis taxes and putting them to great use
- Natural alternatives to big pharma for treating what ails us
- Lower opioid and alcohol abuse
- Lower crime rates
So after the tough days at work in an industry not quite yet formed, be grateful for the opportunities and social permissions we have been granted and make sure to express your gratitude to others around you. While you may still need a couple hits from the vape pen before buckling up for dinner with your crazy Uncle Steve, try to share the moment with those you love.
Wishing you a season of remembering there is always something for which to be grateful. From our cannabis-loving family to you and yours.
“Beginnings are usually scary, and endings are usually sad, but it’s everything in between that makes it all worth living.”