The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.
These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.
Beautiful people do not just happen.
In my experience of AA meetings and the people I've met there, everyone -- regardless of how sick they still may be, or whatever they're dealing with -- everyone is, if not moving towards healing and recovery, at least facing in the right direction.
Most of the people in AA have truly experienced an inner darkness, and are now, even if uncertainly, reaching for the light.
And to me that makes them beautiful.
Even those that are my Great Spiritual Teachers -- the ones who push my buttons the hardest. (Albeit maybe more beautiful from a distance right up in my business. Work in progress!)