Skip to main content

Our Mission Together

Session 1

Staying mindful

I know how easy it is to become distracted and I’m sure you do, too. Just consider the last time your cell phone beeped or you heard a strange or loud noise that got your attention.

These and many other distractions are not only hurtful to us, but even more so to those around us. I know that sometimes it is not easy to stay focused, but if we practice on small matters, we will be that much better on more challenging ones.

Being focused on a person is a nice way to demonstrate compassion and it is a step towards being committed to them.

It helps to start by keeping ourselves in a neutral place, not too high or too low, at any given time. It is also helpful to breathe normally when challenging distractions come about.

I am reminded of one of my favorite species of animals, pigs. They are very focused when they need to be and remain calm, at least to the best of their ability, when adversity hits.

A friend of mine in Las Vegas, Piggles, shows this trait well.

Due to his size, his caretaker brought in a lift so that he could be hoisted off the ground in order to cut his nails without incident. It was amazing to watch this take place. Piggles remained calm and the team of people worked with efficiency and with compassion to cut Piggles’ nails.

There are many lessons of mindfulness here starting with my friend, Piggles. He remained calm while others helped him. Do we remain calm when someone is giving us feedback?

Pigs are normally very calm under pressure, and they remain focused on a task. They are smarter than dogs and can solve puzzles at the level of a 4-5-year-old child.

How about the team responsible for cutting his nails!  They worked so well together and remained calm during the process. Each person had a job to do, and they did it well without incident.


  • Remaining mindful and calm during a stressful project will yield the result everyone desires.
  • Have an open and receptive mindset when someone provides you with feedback.

For Your Consideration

Please consider making a donation.

Your gift helps Joe continue to bring new content, and most important to help animals in need around the world.


Click Next To Continue