Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Freedom! I take Mondays off, my guilt-free indulgence. photo from Death to the Stock

Freedom! I take Mondays off, my guilt-free indulgence. photo from Death to the Stock

It's becoming obvious that I am hugely inspired by movies, sometimes in the oddest ways, and often in the dead of night. Last night as I was trying to drift off a line from a shockingly bad movie came into my head. 

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead stars the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. He plays a real estate executive with a nasty drug habit which leads him to embezzle funds from the firm's petty cash tin. His sordid life is riddled with problems. One small decision unleashes a chain of very unfortunate events, almost in a black comedic kind of way, except it's not really funny, particularly now knowing how the great actor died.

One line went something like, "here's $2000, see what a difference that makes in your life, then imagine the rest". (He's hatched a plan to hold up a jewellery store and is trying to convince his brother to help with this financial incentive.)

Often business gurus talk about money

Making money, investing money, being open to receiving money ... It's always about money. Of course I'm not going to say no to more money but in the dead of night it hit me. I'm not motivated by money only. It's more important to me to be doing something worthwhile, making a difference in others' lives and feeling significant. Fulfilling and meaningful work and a fulfilling and meaningful life (beyond being a mother, wife, etc).

How would a guilt-free day off each week, while the rest of the family were at school and work, sound to you? Or if I said to you "here's $2000, see what a difference that makes in your life, then imagine the rest" would you want to know what you had to do next? 

So it's Monday, I'm taking myself off for a spot of lunch at a cafe. Have a good one!