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December 16, 2019 4 min read

Acceptance is the First Step Towards Progress, Roll With It

Roll With It.

There is a reason that Meraki chose “Roll With It” as our brand message, as not only is it an awesome homage to the ritual of rolling up your perfect herb, but it’s also a powerful analogy for how we pick ourselves up and move forward after a setback.

Accept Things As They Are

Acceptance. It’s a term we toss around rather freely, often telling people that if you just accept things, you’ll be able to move forward and be happy. Acceptance is about letting go, forgiveness, and being at a place where you’re “OK” with things as they are. Acceptance is one of the foundational concepts of the Serenity Prayer, “give me the courage to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” While these words are most attached to movements like AA, they certainly have applications for all human beings.

What does it mean to accept something? Does it mean that you just wave a magic wand and everything that has hurt you, caused you grief, or has traumatized you ceases to matter? Definitely not.

The Place in Our Lives for Trauma

Trauma is a part of the human condition. In the United States, 61% of men and 51% of women report exposure to at least one-lifetime traumatic event; the National Trauma Institute lists trauma-related disease, injury, and suicide the #1 cause of death in the country.

For these people who are working through trauma, the conversation around trauma, trauma-informed practice, and trauma recovery is at an all-time high. Opening up the conversation around trauma, and how these experiences affect our past, present, and future allows us to create space for acceptance, as well as taking the necessary steps we need to undertake for healing. When you recognize and work through the trauma in your past, you don’t have to necessarily forget what happened, but you can learn to accept its place in your life, find its place in your future, and move on from there.

Oprah Winfrey has a great definition of forgiveness that also relates so well to the concept of acceptance: “Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different, it's accepting the past for what it was, and using this moment and this time to help yourself move forward.”

It’s Not Always That Easy

What are a few things that prevent people from accepting the things in their life they find most difficult? It’s hard for people to be vulnerable and admit to others when they’re struggling, and may need help. Also, all too often, we get caught up in the expectations around us and our healing and feel pressured to just “forget about it” and put our best, strongest face forward. We also too often take on the things we’re trying hard to accept as some sort of character flaw that we need to hide.  Afraid of criticism, we bury our traumas and our difficulties deep so as to not show the cracks on our surface.

But, if you accept the concept of acceptance itself, you may just start to notice a change in how you feel towards a certain life event.

One of our friends within the cannabis community, Anne-Marie Fischer, had some interesting things to say about acceptance, and the importance of “roll with it” as a daily mantra.

Currently going through a divorce, Anne-Marie was once faced with having to rebuild her life completely from the life she once envisioned through her marriage. While she was, of course, sad that her marriage ended, she realized that it was truly something of her past that she’d have to move on to accept. “I had to come to a place where I had to let go,” said Anne-Marie, “I realized that I had to cut ties with my past, and re-write my own story.”

Anne-Marie essentially packed up all her minimal belongings and started a brand-new life in a different part of Canada. “Instead of grieving my old life, I realized I truly had the opportunity to accept my past, be grateful for everything my marriage had given me, and use that all as fuel to move forward. I just had to “roll with it” and let the chips fall where they may, and I’m actually really happy with how I’ve landed, after just learning to accept things as they are.”

As a long-time cannabis advocate, Anne-Marie adds, “Of course, cannabis had a large role in my healing and recovery. It helped me create the space I needed to work through my trauma, find acceptance, and put into action necessary steps to move forward.”

Roll With It With Meraki

For many, using cannabis is a great way to find introspection and think through life events with an enhanced perspective.

For consumers looking to enhance their herb experience, and “Roll With It”, Meraki Tips offer two different crutches to embolden the terpenes and effects of the chosen flower. The Peaceful TIP is infused with a proprietary blend of organic food-grade terpenes that are meant to consistently curb the unwanted anxieties associated with a particular herb that will help you get into that perfect introspective state of mind and help you work through tough things mentally and emotionally. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, the Sayonara TIP is meant to consistently boost the relaxing properties of a particular herb. 

Roll With It. Put yourself first. Accept the things you can’t change, and use your acceptance as ammo to build the future you want and deserve for yourself.