At the age of 14, Australian James Harrison found himself in the hospital with 100 stitches and a missing lung.
With his lung being removed due to an illness, James needed almost 2 gallons of replacement blood in order to survive the operation.
Doctors were able to get the necessary blood needed for James because of donors that he later realized he would never be able to thank.
James wanted to give back because of the people that saved his life and dedicated himself to give blood as soon as he turned 18 and started to do so every 3 weeks.
Around this time, doctors were battling cases of a potentially fatal condition that occurs in some pregnant women. The disease often shows up when the mother and her fetus have opposite blood types causing her antibodies to attack the fetus’s red blood cells.
Scientists were looking for a way to stop this reaction that was killing thousands of babies every year and that’s when James got a call from the doctors. They believed that he had the answer in his blood due to the donations he took into his body when he was 14. It was a rare antibody known as Rh (D) or anti-D.
James worked with doctors by donating his blood while they worked on the medication and every batch had James’s blood in it. For 60 years he donated blood every two-three weeks and was recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records for the most blood donated by one person, over 1,000 donations.
It is estimated James has already saved the lives of about 2 million babies. He is known as “The man with the golden arm”.
James found his purpose.
How do we find our “blood contribution”?
If you’re like me, you’ve probably already spent a large portion of your life and will continue doing so, seeking your purpose.
We all have the desire to make a difference, to be successful, to be great at something, and most importantly, to contribute and be recognized for what we do. It’s how we are wired. It’s how we find meaning to our existence.
For a long time I struggled with finding mine. I saw people doing awesome things, creating, building, impacting the world in great ways and it only frustrated me, I wanted the same things but I did not know where to start.
So many people are already excelling at what I wanted to do and it was difficult for me to believe I could get into the same thing and be of any impact. I wanted to speak, to write, and to help people get the most out of life but I am nowhere near as good as the guys I found my inspiration from.
How could I possibly be of any value?
How could I impact the lives of millions?
There is one thing we always seem to forget. Each of us is unique in what we have to offer to the world.
We are nature’s greatest miracle. Since the beginning of time never has there been another mind, heart, eyes, ears, hands, hair and mouth like yours. None that came before or will come after, think like you.
It has never been about competing with others, it has always been about contributing.
Your blood may not have a cure for cancer, you may not have the answer to world hunger, and you may not have the next brilliant billion dollar idea but you have qualities, skills, perspectives, and attitude that no one else on the planet has.
How do you contribute?
Visualize it, find it
Your job is to find your “cure” for the world. Your success will come when you find your purpose and offer to the world YOUR body and mind, not when you try to copy the way someone found theirs.
What do you enjoy doing?
How do you want people to see you?
How do you want people to talk about you and what qualities would they admire?
If I asked you to describe for me what your “perfect day” would consist of if you were already the person you desire to be, what would that look like!?
These are questions you need to ask yourself. Begin to visualize your “perfect life” and you will acquire clarity. You will begin to shape an idea in your mind of who you want to be. You need to see it before you can reach for it.
Now, be about your business!
James found his life’s major purpose because he was already busy doing the little things.
If James never started making the small donations, he would never have been in the position to respond to the opportunity that presented itself and allowed him to make the big donations.
We struggle so much with finding because we spend all of our time seeking.
We start many things but never finish them if we even start at all. Before we know it, we have come to the end of our life and have never really done anything worthwhile at all. We have never really lived!
Wherever you are at now, dedicate yourself to do the things that fulfill you most. If you want to help people, start with helping those already in your life. If you want to change the world in big ways, begin by changing it in the small ways.
Start with donating your blood, sweat, and tears to the world one person at a time and the world will present an opportunity for you to impact millions at a time.
Don’t keep a cure from the world that only you possess. Find it and share it.
There is a better way to live!
Thank you for reading! I also write and speak in hopes of inspiring folks to seek and find the most out of this short life (HERE) :)