22 May, 2020

EP 18: When Tragedy Births Purpose, The #Sparked Life Podcast

When the unthinkable happens, we are built to respond in fight, flight, or freeze.  Our bodies are wired to slow down, conserve energy, and limit our view to what is right in front of us. Remarkably, when tragedy happens, there are some Purpose Peeps who shift to evolve tragedy into some of the most purposeful action. Somehow they shift to see possibility in the middle of impossible grief.

As we are months into the world’s response to the COVID19 pandemic, many of us are experiencing the extreme stressors of the attack on human life as well as the painful requirements to reduce its impact.  During this time, the ailments of our time are revealed in full view as the capacity of the world is too full and stretched to cover them.

During the last weeks, the world mourned with the family of Ahmaud Arbery as we watched the video of his murder amongst intense public outcry.  Let me ask the question that is the elephant in the room, does the sparked life matter and exist within such difficult and challenging times?  While the world is in survival mode, is thriving an option?

Thanks to a friend sharing his heartbreak about Ahmaud’s murder, I was reminded of a part of my purpose story, my family history, that is so painful I locked it away.  Locked away with that pain and trauma is also the story of a family hero who in the face of indescribable pain, weaved an amazing story of love, purpose, and social advocacy.

I am thrilled that The #Sparked Life Podcast’s first interview format features a painfully complex and beautiful purpose story that will help us answer some of the big questions many have during this challenging time of history.  Please open your hearts and hear a story of a tragedy that birthed purpose and societal change with Mr. Kenneth Barnes, Sr., Community Leader, Purpose Prize Fellow, Founder of Reaching Out to Others Together (ROOT Inc.) and father.  Here how the unthinkable allowed him to coin the term, Chronic Traumatic Stress Disorder™  (CTSD) that built a platform for change in how we view and treat youth who are repeatedly traumatized by gun violence.

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Dena Wiggins is a Transformational Author, Consultant, Certified Purpose Coach & MBA. She takes an unwavering stand for your purpose. Dena unlocks purpose in sparked Purpose Peeps facilitating businesses and organizations to transform into lighthouses that shine solutions into the marketplace, no matter what. As a Purposed Resultant, she combines her experiences and passion for spark, purpose, and strategy to create impactful solutions that deliver your results that matter. Learn more about her Unlock The Keys To Your Success And Turn Them Into Results® programs and A Life of Purpose® Products that shift your sparks (or ahas) into action at www.denawiggins.com.

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21 May, 2020

What’s Going On From A Personal Purpose Perspective?

As we tune in around the world during this unprecedented time, let’s tune in to what’s going on with us individually as Purpose Peeps.  Purpose Peeps enjoy living lives of intention and meaning, but what happens during a large amount of change when we are connecting the dots of our life to survive a major life event?  Let’s have a real talk moment and unpack a lens or perspective into what is going on intimately within us.

There’s no shortage of impact and if-then scenarios given a spectrum of considerations–health, relationships, finances, community, basic needs, family–you name it, there is something to consider.  From a purpose perspective, what is your assignment at this time?

The lens I offer is one focusing on being rather than what action to take.  If in the middle of all the balls we are juggling, we can ground ourselves in what’s up for us, it may allow more capacity to respond rather than react.

In my small group, we had a What’s Going On mastermind and unlocked four types of purpose assignments based on what type of purpose clarity you are experiencing.  Just focusing on the basics of inner and outer purpose clarity allows a window into what this event is revealing to you about you and your placement in the world beyond you.

Is your purpose assignment:

  • Cocooning
  • Reconnecting
  • Rebuilding
  • Guiding (First Responder)/Second Responder

This is a framework, a facilitation tool that allows you to organize your life experience in a way to manage the change and partner with it.  This will not tell you the answer to what shifted but rather what type of shift you are experiencing.  We have to travel the journey but at least we know what type of into me I see journey you are experiencing.

Check out the presentation below.  Bookmark my COVID19 Support page or connect with me on social media @DenaForYourPurpose as we will continue to unlock more about the type of purpose assignment is available for you during this time.  Let’s graduate together.

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