Watch the Eyes

I love looking at baby Rebecca’s eyes. I see her purity and innocence in those eyes. There are some that say that the eyes can tell what is in the heart of man. There are experts who teach body language that say the eyes are the part of the body that tells the most about what a person is thinking and saying. In my football days we were taught to watch the eyes of our opponents, not just the quarterback. The quarterback may take an extra glance at a receiver or a place on the field. The running back may look in the direction where he intends to run. A linebacker may look in the direction of where he intends to blitz. Even lineman’s eyes may “give away a play” with a wrong glance.

As adults we learn that eyes can be disguised or lie as well. Remember the lyrics “Your lyin eyes” by the Eagles — “You can’t hide your lyin’ eyes, And your smile is a thin disguise, I thought by now you’d realize There ain’t no way to hide your lyin eyes.” There are people who think they are clever. They plot and plan against each other and exchange evil thoughts. They practice deceit, intoxicated by their own interest in life, and cover their eyes with the cover of selfishness. Yet, by covering their eyes in an attempt to prevent others from looking into their truth, they also prevent the heart from showing out its light, which could illuminate their true path.

Every impression that the heart bears, beautiful or ugly, is mirrored in the eyes, which express our true heart. That is why I love to peer at a baby’s eyes because they reflect the purity we are all born with, and the purity I wish to return.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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