An open letter of encouragement for anyone who needs a kind word.

A wonderful friend of mine told me she was “in a pit.”  I wrote her the note below, only to find I would soon need its comfort myself.  And who knows… maybe some of you do, too?  I hope your life is feeling so good to you right now, that you don’t need to hear this.  But just in case:

Dear precious person with a hurt,

If there is anything I can do to assist you, please don’t ever hesitate to let me know.  I mean that with all my heart.  You are such a bright, radiant spirit and you deserve no less in life than the warm light you emit so abundantly.  I know sometimes darkness and shadows creep their way near us, and that is when we are to call on our soul-friends to flex on our behalf.  I am here to serve as your soul-friend in that way.  I am here to remind you that your current pit is seeding your next, sweet fruit.  Please find solace in the seed, knowing that any suffering you may be enduring is evolving your life forward. Even if it feels just the opposite.  Life insists on its own evolution.  Thank God, lest our tears feel purposeless.  When, really, the salt we shed is a promise of rhapsody to come. And if you find you cannot raise yourself from the pit, then simply rest right in it, beloved.  Settle in; take a nap; and only rise when you feel darn well ready to!  Again, I am here for and with you.



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12 Responses to “An open letter of encouragement for anyone who needs a kind word.”

  1. swissknifev Says:

    Erika, what you had written is wonderful. I am in a pit, like you say and I am wondering if I am getting into a deeper pit. What you said makes me feel good. Optimistic. You come out as a nice person. A good friend to know.

  2. Ben Willow Says:

    I am in a very dark pit

    just started with a new therapist today but it’s a long dark wander and more work than I feel like

    this is very nice of you

    I hop;e your situation is better

    • Erika Harris Says:

      Thanks, Ben! Same to you :-)

      “it’s a long dark wander and more work than I feel like”

      I love your self-awareness, and bet it will be a big help to navigate the wandering. Here’s to our ability to stand in the dark unafraid.

  3. Lynnette Says:

    My dear sweet, soul friend, this letter is amazingly uplifting. Thank you ever so kindly for sharing it with the world. Your sheer artistry and compassion never cease to amaze me. My heart goes out to everyone who is feeling the shadow of being in a pit and I just want to say that often times great darkness portends great light so remember that while some of you may be in a pit at this very moment, you will indeed rise! Namaste.

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  5. maria Says:

    thank you for this letter. i am a freshman in college and just got back home (6 hours away) and am experiencing all the same stress that i felt when i left for school. my parents do not understand my soul or the person i am becoming, they think i am depressed and will not make it, and that they are wasting their money on my tuition. pressure from them can be so frustrating i just want to cut all ties with them, but i know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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