如何写一封安慰信。How to write a letter of sympathy.
写安慰信是有秘诀的–A letter of sympathy is also a letter of empathy, helping people get through tough times by showing them that they are not alone. They gain strength from knowing another person (you, the writer) has gone through something similar and survived, or at least understand what is happening and how they feel about it.
Your brother told me that, despite a great audition, you didn’t get the lead in the senior play. But as the understudy, you should learn the role as if you did have the lead. After all, people get sick. (They even break legs — hence the show-business expression, “Break a leg!”)
And even if you do not act in this show, mastering such a difficult role as Robespierre will serve you well in your future acting endeavors.
I had a similar situation in school, though in a different area: I wanted to be editor of the school paper, but the teacher in charge picked another student.
I was crushed, but kept writing — and as you know, I now have a regular column in my industry trade paper. So persistence pays!
By the way, it’s time you came into New York to see your old uncle. Pick whichever Broadway show you want. The tickets, and a great dinner, are on me — my treat.
Feel better, smile, and keep up your spirits. You are great, and that’s all that matters!
Sincerely, Uncle Andy
（选自：Robert W. Bly: Webster’s New World Letter Writing Handbook, 2004, p.42）