What is your one thing?

As in, if you were asked what is the one thing you would like to do in your life, what would it be?

Personally, I would love to know that I’d had a positive impact on at least one other person… hopefully several!

I ask the question not merely because it is a good question for us all to ponder but because I was reminded of it when I read an article the other day about an eighty-one year old Australian man called James Harrrison.

Known as the ‘man with the golden arm’, James jokes that his one unique talent has been giving blood and he has gifted it his whole life.

You see, when James was a young boy, he was informed he had an extremely rare blood type that can be turned into a very powerful injection known as ‘Anti-D’. When given to a pregnant mother, it helps fight rhesus disease – where a mother’s blood can attack the unborn baby’s blood and potentially cause brain damage and even death.

James has donated his blood every single week for the last past sixty years. 

Because the law in Australia states that you cannot donate blood beyond the age of eighty-one, James just recently made his last donation.


James’ diligence in showing up every week to the clinic – consistently giving his blood – has meant that every single dose of Anti-D used in Australia has come from his blood alone. More than seventeen percent of women in Australia are at risk of rhesus disease, according to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and apparently, this means that James has single-handedly saved the lives of approximately 2.4 million babies.

I’m not suggesting we all go running off to give blood (although to do so is obviously a very good thing).

What I am suggesting is this: Take a minute to think about the different lives that you might have affected positively by the things that you do both intentionally and unintentionally.

You might be surprised by the number of people you think of, even if they don’t run into the millions like James.

But I don’t think James was counting at the time…

Paul Hatcher

I am at heart, a communicator. I love to use words, whether written or spoken and maximise those words to hopefully, bring some encouragement - literally, to put courage into the hearts & minds of those who read or hear them. In my work as an executive coach, speaker, workshop facilitator, I love also to listen...deeply, and then respond with some encouragement.