My name is P.J. Dixon and—despite my disability—I’ve lived a better life than most able-bodied people!
I've spent virtually my entire life living by Henry Ford's philosophy, "If you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right." Despite being diagnosed with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy that was expected to take my life by seven, I was encouraged to experience life to the fullest and do anything and everything I wanted; and, as a result of that attitude, . . . here I stand [pardon the pun], . . . 38 years later!
Snow Skier, Skydiver, Amateur Water Colorist, Former Wheelchair Athlete, 10th Degree Black Belt, Women's Self-Defense Instructor, International Traveler, Published Author, Motivational Speaker, Success Strategist, and Self-Professed Advocate of Love!
I wanted to say “Love Guru,” but I thought that was a bit presumptuous [wink]. Why Love? Honestly because I Love Love! And, really, because I feel it’s part of my calling.
Without waxing religious—and unintentionally running people off—at 28, I had just moved to Tucson, without a job, and was praying for some wisdom about what I should do with my life. I then opened myself up, in hopes of receiving some direction, and a beam of golden light came through the ceiling, hit me in the top of my head, filled me completely up, and I heard one word — Love!
True story! At that moment, I knew no matter what I chose to do with my life, it wouldn’t matter, as long as I allowed Love to be my guiding light.
Since that time, I’ve spent a significant amount of time studying Love and all of it’s many facets; and, although, I’m prone to error, like everyone else—I’ve learned a lot about love and how it can profoundly influence the life of a person and any relationship it enters.
Every day, I consciously strive to positively impact the lives of every person I come in contact with—in a sincere effort to make the world a better place. How do I do that? By actively Loving others as much as I can and by teaching others . . . to do the same.
Peace, Love, and Persistence are my calling cards and the primary three principles I live by, which is why I’ve made these the foundations of my life, . . . and, hopefully, . . . you will too!
NOMINATED TO CARRY THE OLYMPIC TORCH THROUGH TUCSON IN 2002
OUTSTANDING YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
National Hall of Fame for Persons with Disabilities
National recognition for disabled youth who were seen to be overcoming their disability and accomplishing or achieving at an above average level for their age. Inducted at the age of 19.
COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP AWARD
Honored with the most distinguished award Toastmasters offers to non-Toastmasters for . . .
10TH DEGREE BLACK BELT
International Bujinkan Dojo
A martial arts’ rank determined and awarded by Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi Soke after fourteen years of training in Bujinkan taijutsu. Training consistently for more than 25 years.
GOLD DRAGON MEDAL
International Bujinkan Dojo
An award that is typically reserved for people seen to be advancing the martial arts. Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi Soke bestowed this honor for the development of a self-defense class for people with disabilities.
FIRST ANNUAL ASA BUSCHNELL DYNAMIC DUO AWARD
Compass Health Care
Awarded annually to two people who, working together, have made an outstanding contribution to their business, family, organization, community, school, neighborhood, wherever they have helped to make a difference.
Arizonans Concerned About Smoking, Inc.
Recognition for individuals seen to be significant in helping Arizona become Smoke-Free.
CO-FOUNDER and SPEAKER
Developed a non-profit volunteer movement of young anti-tobacco delivering presentations to schools throughout Tucson, Arizona. Since its inception, more than 5000 youth have been educated in the ill effects of tobacco use and the sociopolitical conspiracies formed and propagated by the tobacco industry.
FOUNDER and PRESIDENT
Wright State University “Downhillers” Ski Club and “Raiders” Quad Rugby Team
Led the development of two different sports teams in college to enhance the lives of disabled people by involving them in recreational and competitive athletics.
CO-FOUNDER and CO-ORGANIZER
Columbus “Lowriders” Quad Rugby Team
Initiated a community-based sports team, designed to be competitive at a national level.
Answer to the Crisis Foundation
Co-created a nonprofit organization designed to fund self-defense training for those in need.
Boy Scouts of America
An accomplishment awarded to only one percent of all Boy Scouts at that time.
VIGIL HONOR MEMBER
Order of the Arrow
The highest honor awarded for excelling in the area of leadership within one’s community and this affiliate organization of the Boy Scouts of America; membership is gained through nomination and election of pre-existing members.