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What Adam Sandler Taught Me About Priorities

by Mike

One of my favorite Adam Sandler movies is Click. Sandler plays a workaholic who comes across a magic remote control that allows him to pause or fast forward over parts of his life. But he quickly loses control and discovers he’s missed out on most of the great moments of life. He’s also neglected his family…he ends up old, divorced, and alone, and he has missed out on most of his children’s lives. They grew up without him.

Lying in a hospital bed after suffering a massive heart attack he realizes that his mistakes are about to repeat themselves as his son is going to skip his honeymoon to attend to business. There’s a touching seen at the end where Sandler is struggling to catch up with his son to tell him “Family comes first.”

When I first sat down to watch Click I thought it was strictly a comedy, but it ended with with a powerful message that really struck me hard. As a dad I struggle to balance work and other responsibilities with family time. I’m sure you do too.

Our lives are so busy and full of chores, errands, and responsibilities that it can be easy to lose sight of what really matters. Nothing is more important to me than my family, but at times I still find myself putting other things before them…working, blogging, projects around the house, etc.

Then I have to sit back and remind myself of what’s really important. When the kids are pulling at me to come play it’s easy to say “No, daddy has work to do.” But it breaks their little hearts.

Time moves fast and before long they’ll be all grown up. So I make sure to spend some quality time with them every single day now while I can. It doesn’t take much to make my little ones happy…it can be as simple as sitting on the floor coloring or doing a puzzle together. I cherish that time because I know it won’t last forever.

I hope you understand the importance of family and children. If you find yourself pushing them aside because you have other things that need to get done…stop. Look at their little faces and remember they won’t be little forever. If you don’t stop to enjoy them now you’ll regret it for the rest of your life.

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myfinancialobjectives

Great point. It is often used in movies and TV today. The father who was a workaholic and as a result the kid is on drugs, or involved in crime, etc. So many movies have this as the premise for a child’s behavior.
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myfinancialobjectives

Oh, I forgot to add that I love that, and about 90% of all Adam Sandler movies, especially his older ones!
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Mike

I think my favorites are The Wedding Singer and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

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myfinancialobjectives

Hmm, I’d have to go with Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison. Hands down Billy Madison is my #1 though!
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Mrs. Accountability

Great post and so true. It also swings the other way, with our parents and I read in your other post that you are trying to make a way for your FIL to stay with you. I get so busy sometimes, and the phone rings, and it’s my mom. And I reluctantly answer it, trying not to show the impatience in my voice. Most of the time I just make myself go sit down on the couch, away from the computer and concentrate on my momma and what’s going on in her life at the moment.
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Mike

You’re right…it’s not just kids, it’s our parents too. We should be careful not to neglect them because we’d be setting a bad example for our own kids. And one day it might be us trying to call our kids and they avoid us.

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Portrait Photographer San Antonio

Click also taught me how to prioritize. Never neglect the people you love and with every chance you get show them how much they mean to you.

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