Everyone Needs a Cushion

We All Need a Cushion Sometimes

I love cushions. They are colorful and bright. They are add-ons. They are made of materials and patterns you wouldn’t use to cover the entire sofa. Basically, a cushion is a pillow or pad stuffed with a mass of soft material. It is used as a comfortable support for sitting or leaning on. A cushion is also something used to dampen shocks or prevent excessive pressure or chafing. It is something that lessens the effect of hardship, or distress: “The inheritance was a cushion against unemployment.”
Cushions in life are people who support you. When something awful happens to you, a person can act like a cushion to dampen the shock or relieve the pressure. It doesn’t even have to be someone you know well.
Imagine when someone feels extreme pressure, and maybe even wants to end their life, there are people who will talk to them over the telephone, and help them realize that life is worth keeping. There are groups; all kinds of groups which help people overcome terrible loss and sorrow. Or groups that help addicts overcome their addictions. All over the world, there are strangers heading up groups, being a cushion against the blows and hardships that life sometimes offers.
I have friends who have gone to groups to get support and comfort. There is no need for any person to feel alone, because there is always someone, somewhere waiting to be a support. People need people who are suffering so that they can be a support. Can you imagine if we all suddenly became completely self-sufficient? If no one needed anyone, it would stop people being a support. People need to act as a support, just as people need to be supported. Sometimes we are the support and sometimes we are the ones needing support—a cushion—a soft landing place.
Today is about finding your cushion. Maybe all you want to do is simply hug a cushion—take a pillow and hug it. Or maybe you are brave enough to step out and find a group. A support group that will help you feel good about yourself. Help you know that you are okay, that you are liked, that you are likeable, loveable and loved. It may mean trying out different groups until you find the one that fits. It may be a church group, a choir, a book club, a writing group, an Over Eaters Anonymous Group, a grief group, a cancer group. Whatever ails you, there is a group just waiting for you to come and share. Remember a trouble shared is a trouble halved. Today find a cushion, get some support and be prepared for a soft landing.

About Val Gee

I believe we all want to love and be loved. If we are not in love or being loved, then what are we doing here? I choose to wake up every morning filled with love and so I make it my mantra, "My purpose in life is to be loving." Check out my books published by McGraw-Hill.
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