"happiness and success in life are not the result of what we have, but rather of how we live. What we do with the things we have makes the biggest difference in the quality of life." -Jim Rohn
This is a lesson that Jim Rohn taught the great Tony Robbins, two of my idols. It's a great lesson, and one that any person trying to shape their lives, really needs to understand.
Think about it, if we continue to focus on the prohibition alone, then we'll continue to be stuck going in circles with politicians and law-makers. Yet if we focus on what we already have, and expand on that, we can overcome the prohibition in the blink of an eye.
So what is it that we already have? I tell you, and really it's no big secret, we have a niche.
We have a culture. A global community. A secure commonality.
Which means that even if, for the moment, we can't capitalize on the joy of the fresh flowering plant itself, we can still bring the culture even further into the mainstream world. Make it so visible that no one can ignore it, and so exciting that everyone wants to be a part of it.
Essentially, we need to become as tenacious, hardy and eager to grow in any environment available, as the plant we so believe in. We need to plant businesses, cultivate organizations and gather in groups. It may seem like a small step, but it's really a big step.
Starbucks didn't become famous because it has a particularly robust flavor of coffee. They earned their place in history because they added little things to coffee that the mainstream world wasn't doing, and then they multiplied their convenience factor so much so that you can't find a corner on most busy streets that doesn't have a starbucks. They turned a boring cup of coffee into a fancy, full-of-flavor treat that didn't cost an arm and a leg to get, and they made sure it was available to everyone indiscriminately. It wasn't extremely large changes that brought success to starbucks, it was lots of little changes.
We can already see the same thing happening around the country with cannabis. Clubs, collectives, access-points, non-profits and retail locations are already springing up like the weeds. It's to the point where you can't drive through a neighborhood without seeing at least one cannabis centered business, whether it's alternative medicine or caregiving co-ops.
So, we can see that even now, in heavily prohibited times, cannabis can easily adapt itself to any location, orientation or economic situation. It's only a matter of getting a leaf in the door, so to speak.
The amazing part, is that this can be done in such simple ways. Many of them completely legal.
Starting a cannabis clothing store, that focuses on cannabis screen print designs, or hemp made t-shirts. Getting a support group together for local patients with shared experiences. Opening book stores dedicated to canna-education in all its aspects. These are all businesses and organizations that could further the cause, bring balance into your life and success for others.
They may not seem like such bold ideas as dispensaries and access points, but these little things together can equal big changes. They are things we can do with freedoms we already have, which will bring the desired liberties we seek but are so often kept from.