2009 has been a tough year for us so far, but you have managed to keep it all together well - especially as a husband and father. Thank you for keeping your priorities in place and being there for our kids and me. I know Katie and Ben appreciate everything you do for them ... and you know how much I need you. You are a wonderful father and husband, and we love you.
That's the note my beautiful wife, Roberta, wrote in the Father's Day card she gave me.
If it's true that my wife and kids are lucky to have me, I'm luckier tenfold to have them. They make me happy, keep me grounded and give me a feeling of security.
Mostly, they help keep things in perspective - and in our society these days, the only thing in shorter supply than money is perspective.
I see people who lose their jobs falling apart. Many have reason for concern and sadness, of course, but panicking certainly isn't the answer. Now is the time to accentuate the positive and think of what we have, not what we have not.
Even worse, I hear people who have good jobs complaining about them. Not only my fellow sportswriters - though this definitely applies to many of them - but also multimillion-dollar athletes, corporate CEOs, politicians and others who have absolutely no reason or right to whine.
I admit that there have been times I've felt blue since I got dumped by a bad company in a bad industry, but such feelings always pass quickly. What's weird is that I find myself wondering why I feel so good 99.7 percent of the time. Then I think about it and I realize it's because of all the great people I have in my life.
On this Father's Day, I unwrapped the gifts I received - a baseball cap and sunglasses from Roberta and a cool Beatles Anthology book from Ben and Katie. I took a couple of nice walks on this first day of summer. I partook in my annual tradition of golf (U.S. Open) and guacamole (Roberta's delicious homemade recipe). I thought about my wonderful dad, who passed away 11 years ago. And I thought about how fortunate I am to be the father to my family.
If you have a dad and haven't called him, get on that phone right now. If you are a dad, I hope your day has been as incredible as mine.
Even if neither of those apply to you, I'd still like to give you the Father's Day gift of perspective.
No matter what, refuse to feel sorry for yourself.
Appreciate everything you have but realize that things are just things - easily replaced and ultimately unimportant.
Hold your loved ones close.
Take care of yourself by staying (or getting) healthy, both physically and emotionally.
Do at least one truly fun thing every day.
Celebrate life, dammit, and that's an order!