Honestly, I believe that is has been my time working AA's "program for living" which has allowed me to see its beauty. But more than that, it has allowed me to care about sham, drudgery and broken dreams.
As a drinking alcoholic -- or as a dry one -- an alcoholic's lack of perspective is staggering. We are so inwardly focused, so obliviatingly self-obsessed, that any time life didn't go our way we considered that a tragedy, while truly tragic things, if they didn't touch our lives directly, generally failed to register on the emotional scale.
Being sober -- in the fullest sense of the term -- allows us to rejoin the human experience; sham, drudgery, dented dreams... and all its beauty.