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What is Your Pain Inviting You to Do?

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You’ve probably heard of ‘pattern interrupts.” If not, no worries. It’s not a complicated concept. You use pattern interrupts every day, and probably never notice. Let’s say you have a pattern of chewing your thumbnail when you’re working on a difficult problem. So you put a bandage on that thumb so you’ll notice when you’re about to chew the nail. Boom! That interrupts your pattern, makes you aware of what you’re doing, and (theoretically at least) trains you out of that pattern. Or you notice you’re in a downward spiral of overwhelm and frustration. So you take a deep breath, go for a walk, call a buddy, whatever stops that pattern. That’s a pattern interrupt. But here’s the trick with pattern interrupts – you have to realize you’re in a pattern that needs interrupting! We all have patterns. And,...

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Just As I Am

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  One of the little “doses of dynamite” that I’ve jotted down in my journal says: “If I have to be someone I’m not in order to do what I want to do then I need to reexamine either what I want or who I think I am.” I don’t share these musings from my journals as Daily Dose of Dynamite emails until I’m ready to unpack them, and this one wasn’t ready to be unpacked. Until now. On a group coaching call this morning with my Dynamite U members, we talked about an opportunity one of our members had been given. We discussed how she could make it more successful and how she would define success. And she said to me, “I know a lot of people think I should be doing this, or doing that, but I’m...

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50 Reasons Why 50 Doesn’t Matter

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Ah the expectations of turning the “big 5-0.” You’re “over the hill,” and “not getting any younger.”  Like wine you’re “getting better with age.” You’re “older and wiser.” You’re… You fill in the blank. I can’t say I really had any expectations of turning 50. Time for me has always been a little elastic. For instance, I showed up several weeks after I was “due” to arrive, I was younger at 31 than I was at 21, and I can pack an hour into 10 minutes or stretch a birthday into a full week of celebrations. So 50 for me was not really a milestone, at least, no more than any day or event is a milestone. But it WAS a great excuse to have some fun, and an inspiration to reflect on what time, age, expectations, and perceptions...

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Just What Have You Accomplished?

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I got this email today. And I answered it. And I realized that I hadn’t written an answer, I’d written a testament to my life. So I thought I’d just post it here as good practice for speaking my truth. The email was sent in response to my latest newsletter, which referenced my 50th birthday. And it said… Dear Dixie: So just what have you accomplished in the first third of your life? Or is it a midway point…with BONUS years on the end. I hit “reply” and started typing. And when I came up for air this is what was on the screen… I have lived, I have loved, and I have learned. And I have shared my life, my love, and my learning with people who are near and dear, and with people I will never know....

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Why I Always Work on My Birthday

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Twenty-nine years ago today I inched my way down a steep and overgrown trail, over the guard rail and under low hanging branches, to reach a little bit of secluded shore line on Clinton Lake just outside of Lawrence, Kansas. Not that Clinton Lake doesn’t boast any number of public swimming beaches, it was just that I wanted to be alone.  I had with me a small bag of edible goodies, a thermos of water (bottled water being unheard of back then,) a notebook and pen and an over-sized towel. The most important items on that list were the notebook and pen. I spent the morning swimming and writing, dozing in the sunshine and writing, walking up and down my little stretch of muddy beach and writing, and thinking.  I did a lot of thinking. I had a lot...

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Can You Hear Me Now?

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I remember the first time truly I lost my voice. Really lost it. Could not produce a sound at all. We had a big yellow lab/husky mix named Saffron. He was a sweet, gentle soul, usually quite obedient, and he knew he was not, under any circumstances, allowed on the bed. But, when he wandered into the bedroom to check on the very sick me, put one paw on the bed, and didn’t hear the usual “NO,” he got bold. (That doesn’t mean I didn’t say “NO.” It’s just that when I said “NO” it came out sounding like a baby frog croak followed by a sigh.) A second paw followed the first. He still didn’t hear  the expected “NO,” so he inched his rather large upper body a little closer, cocking his head in puzzlement and hope. Needless...

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