Was it Shakespeare who said the eyes are the windows to the soul?
I have seen, in people who have come to Alcoholics Anonymous and found a solution there, a light kindle in the eyes.
This is, of course, a fanciful way of describing it, but I hasten to assure you that it is a true phenomenon. I have witnessed this thing. It is as much something you feel as it is something you see, but it is no less real for all of that.
Is it merely that people who had no solution suddenly have hope? Is it a connection to something great and spiritual? Or is it as mundane and medical as a chemical fog clearing from the brain?
It hardly matters. There is a profound joy in talking with someone who was gray and blank and soul-dead only a week ago, and suddenly realizing that a deep and inexplicable and wonderful change has happened -- and you can see it. You can see it shining inside them; a light in the eyes.
I think the saddest, scariest thing on earth is watching some of those same people start to sabotage their sobriety -- like someone taking a sledgehammer to the walls of their own home -- and in those same eyes that seemed so changed you watch the light flicker and start to go out.
That's when I realize just how spiritual the solution truly must be, since it washes over me in a terrible wave that there is almost nothing, nothing at all, I can do to prevent it.