A 2020 Carol

Many of us watched The Christmas Carol as a part of our holiday traditions. You know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his visits from the guides of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future, which led to a remarkable overnight inner transformation just in time for Christmas Day. What if 2020 was a year-long version of visits from guides of the past, present, and future through our lived experiences?

Prior to 2020, I thought I had my Christmas Carol experience in a neat box tied with a bow. As a purpose practitioner, I tell my purpose…


Someone close to me awoke from a dream that left him dazed. You know the kind of dream where something inside of you knows there are bigger truths reflected during the dream. He is not a dream interpretation type of guy, and yet something about this one, he had to share with me, a life is speaking to you type of gal. Here is the dream…

He is back home in Washington, DC probably during the 1980s. He is a preteen. He is running through one of the back allies behind the rowhouses. Most of the rowhouses have gated driveways…


How can we be repairers of the breach? This question tugged at me during Independence Day. I wanted to write about it, partly to relieve myself of the tension the question posed. Have you ever wanted to do something as a bypass to being disrupted?

Good questions unlock doors. They reflect the quest I [am] on or the quest I own. When questions come, they are an invitation to explore or to embark on a journey.

Instead of writing, I listened. I sat with the complexity of the question. It did not feel like an invitation for my inner judge…


Normal moved with no forwarding address. For everyone trying to get back to her, know this, she packed her bags and retired with her relatives in the Land Of The Past. The Land Of The Past is a gated community that is entered by invitation only after a term of duty. Normal will only conduct limited interviews with those who want to understand her lessons and contribution.

We will hear a lot of Purpose Peeps talking about returning to Normal. Normal left a space for us to build anew. …


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I remember being in high school when the Pee Wee Herman dance became the craze. The Pee Wee Herman song called out the moves and we had so much fun being silly together and connecting across lunch tables (that was major) and social walls (unheard of).

Scrolling through our social media timelines, many of us watch and experience joy rising watching and participating in some of the dance challenges through videos of us just being us and having fun with the latest dance crazes. …


The way be your type of super got real for me almost stopped me in my tracks with a loud screech and smoking skid marks.

I planned and all my plans went left. And for those that project plan, imagine several activities on the critical path going awry in a sort of sequence that happens as you think, “ok, at least _____ did not happen.” Followed by _______ happening. I knew my project; my baby was in trouble.

All the tried and true platitudes that we tell ourselves when life gets challenging were not working. The other shoe kept falling…


If you randomly ask someone of any age, what is your type of super, the answer tends to be something along the lines of doing. The answer is usually followed by at, “I am super at art. I am super at basketball. I am super at improv.” Invariably, all the answers follow the same pattern.

Here’s what breaks the pattern…

What do you bring to that type of super? What do you bring to art? What do you bring to basketball? What do you bring to improv? What do you bring to your doing?

Being your type of super is…


Last week was something — actually, the entire month was something. From car breakdowns to weird stuff happening around the house, to creating entire posts that just disappeared like how socks disappear from the dryer to the laundry basket — something was up. The question is what is the something that was happening? What’s the story I would create around the something?

How we relate to the issue, is the issue. — Tori Hartman

Do you go into autopilot when the expectant happens? Do you have a strong fight or flight response? …


Imagine my shock when Izzy decided to come and hang out with me. She did not come with her normal announcements — sick to my stomach, sweaty palms, frog in my throat — the normal signs of coming into my new normal. This time she slid up to me like we are good friends and said, “I know you’ve been talking about me with the Purpose Peeps, tell them I have some tea to spill.”

I’m speechless because we all know that spilling tea means revealing hidden truths. This is one of those rushed relationships in which you don’t quite…


Last week I featured a clip of CBS Good Morning about workism in our compilation paper, Connecting With Purpose. As I listened to Derek Thompson succinctly present the case of workism, which he defines as the way work has morphed into a religious identity — promising transcendence and community but failing to deliver, I nodded my head enthusiastically as he shared the symptoms of workism. I recall thinking, “yes, Derek, I am tracking with you!” …Until the conclusion that the intersection of purpose and work translates to seeking the meaning of life from work, which makes the seeker miserable because…

Dena Wiggins

Author, Purpose Coach, Resultant & Speaker who creates tools that unlock purpose clarity in people & orgs who deliver results that matter www.denawiggins.com

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