We get one life, one body, and one comma. The comma is that opportunity to create our impact. It is the sentence after the comma, you know, the comma after your name when someone is introducing you. The comma that pauses and announces, in just a few words, who you are to the world. If a friend were to introduce me, I would hope that they would say: “This is my good friend Trish Blackwell, writer, trainer, triathlete, traveler.” But maybe they wouldn’t, maybe they would say something else.
How would a friend introduce you? What is your comma? Do you even have a comma, and if you don’t, what are you going to do to change that? It’s up to us to craft our own commas, and we have the ability to craft them into anything we want them to be.
I want my comma to be remembered, but not for what I took from the world. I want it remembered for what I have given. Mitch Thrower, 20x Ironman triathlete, puts this best in saying “give something back in your world that is greater than you take out.” It is when we do that that our commas become transformational.