My new country view includes a beautiful field and pond with grazing cows, and gently rolling forested hills. Soft mist blankets the land every morning. It is pastoral painting worthy, right outside our windows.

This classic lovely agrarian landscape also includes an ugly electric substation with gray steel towers and other unsightly mysterious contraptions enclosed within barbed wire topped chainlink fence.

I used to feel sorry for people who lived next door to such hideous structures. And now it is me. Yay.

I could sit around focusing on that ugliness, wishing it not to be there. Or I can avert my eyes from the substation, and direct my gaze to the lovely field instead. I choose which part of my view to focus on.

Finding happiness can be a lot like that. Life will always include a mix of good and bad. Whether we are happy or bothered depends entirely upon what we choose to focus on. Fixate on the good stuff! Find the beautiful. Rejoice in the lovely. It can always be found if you look for it!

Kinda’ reminds me of Paul’s advice…

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)