Poignant Writing, Sage Wisdom

Bob Frisk, who writes about high school sports for the Daily Herald, has a tradition of writing a birthday column for his grandson every year. I’ve read a few of them, and they’re always good, full of love and advice and encouragement.

Today’s, “Grandson, it’s that time of the year to share some thoughts”, is his last, because Mr. Frisk is retiring at the end of the year, after 50 years at the paper. FIFTY. YEARS.

You should read it.

My favorite part:

It reminds me of the story about the father who arrived late for his son’s Little League game. He sat down behind the bench and asked one of the players what the score was.

The boy was beaming when he answered, “We’re losing 14-0.”

The man said, “Really? You don’t look very discouraged.”

The boy said, “Why should I be discouraged? We haven’t been up to bat yet.”

That’s perseverance, Mark, and I have a feeling you will show this same spirit as you continue on in life.

I find it interesting that last Sunday your Little League team in Madison got behind 9-0 in the first inning and ended up winning 10-9.

Success in the future requires that same kind of perseverance as well as a strong dose of courage.

You already have had some success in baseball, soccer, basketball, football and running, but also some setbacks that I hope became valuable teaching moments. You’re not going to have winning sports experiences all the time.

I want you to always bounce back quickly from temporary setbacks.

Mark, as you continue in sports, enter situations with confidence and optimism.

Keep your thoughts positive in those difficult situations because your thoughts become your words.

Keep your words positive because they become your actions.

Keep your actions positive because they become your habits.

Keep your habits positive because they become your values.

Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.

No matter what you do in life, accept 100 percent accountability and expect it of others.

Advice for the ages.

Another very good recent column: “Senior athlete’s final event is tough day for entire family”.

I’d like to thank Mr. Frisk for being a role model, not just for kids in sports, but for all kids everywhere — and for their parents and grandparents, too.

He will be missed.

1 comment
  1. kelly duffy-bassett said:

    I loved the column about a seniors season and wanted to send the link to a friend with a senior athlete. But, when you click the link it says the record has been deleted do you know how to find the column. I look on the Daily Herald web site but couldn’t find it.