It was not the loveliest sight in the world. My friend said, "You must learn to look at 'one square inch'." Then he had me look to my right and down the street. In Japan there are little stone 'beings' called Jizu - they protect travelers and young children. It is the custom for people to pour water over the little statue and dress them in a red cape - they are lovely and delightful little beings to come across on many street corners. My friend had me put my attention on the small statue and ignore the ugly dump, the sounds of the street, and any other disruptive or unpleasant scenes.
I sometimes forget that wonderful lesson - when I do remember - it makes my line of sight so much more pleasant and beautiful.
Just another 'good idea'.