Daybreakers: 365 Eye-Opening Reflections
Clifford Williams
Sorin Books 2002; Wipf & Stock Publishers 2008
123 pages

     

“The first half of the book contains the bad news—things are worse than we imagine (“An exalted sense of our importance seeps into nearly every thought about ourselves.”). But things are also far better than we imagine, and the second half of the book explains why this is so (“True listening gives grace.”).

“Williams is a wise and observant writer, showing repeatedly that self-awareness is the only sure way to growth.”
     —Kevin Axe, Faith Links

“Clifford Williams's latest book, Daybreakers: 365 Eye-Opening Reflections, offers an entire year's worth of mantras and concepts for overcoming spiritual ambivalence. Beginning with Week 1 (which covers "pursuing the eternal") and running through Week 52 ("living for eternity"), Williams focuses on themes such as restlessness and letting go. Each week offers a short explanation of the theme, then gives a specific phrase to ruminate on each day. The entries are not date-specific, so readers may begin the book at any time during the calendar year.”
     —Publishers Weekly © 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Contents:

First Quarter: Where Are We Headed?
1  Pursuing the Eternal
2  Discovering Our Deepest Desires
3  Intimations of Eternity
4  Yearning for Something More
5  Restlessness
6  Looking for Meaning
7  Wasting Life
8  The Hidden Self
9  Secrets
10  Self-Watching
11  Spiritual Ambivalence
12  A Tangled Mess
13  Strangers to Ourselves

Second Quarter: Obstacles Along the Way
14  Wanting to Be Better than Others
15  Looking for Admiration
16 Admiring Ourselves
17  Justifying Ourselves
18  Pretending
19  Appearing Virtuous
20  The Real Thing
21  Sly and Crafty Enemies
22  The Lure of Imagination
23  Busyness
24  A Bundle of Desires
25  Ulterior Aims
26  Inner Temptations

Third Quarter: Becoming New
27  Being Open to Grace
28  Wrestling With Grace
29  Allowing Ourselves to Be Loved
30  Letting Go
31  Gaining a New Identity
32  Accepting Ourselves
33  Acquiring Single-Minded Faith
34  Sustaining Faith
35  Keeping Faith Passionate
36  Being in a Community of Grace
37  Recognizing the Wounded
38  Giving Grace
39  Receiving Grace

Fourth Quarter: Moving Toward the Eternal
40  Reflecting on Goodness
41  Loving
42  Listening
43  Confessing and Forgiving
44  Living Together in Love
45  Shrinking the Expansive Ego
46  Moving Beyond the Self
47  Observing Moral Beauty
48  Living Largely
49  Looking for Goodness
50  Staying Vibrant
51  Finding Meaning
52  Living for Eternity

Week 41: Loving

The one thing everyone needs is to be loved. Those with failure in their lives need to feel 
accepted. Those with painful memories need support; those who are struggling to make 
sense of their lives need encouragement; those with guilt need forgiveness; those who are 
battling low self-esteem need shoring up. Love does all of these things. It accepts, supports, 
encourages, forgives, and shores up.

If everyone needs to be loved more, it follows that other people need to love more. We, of 
course, are those other people. When we love, people sense that their lives are worthwhile. 
They are encouraged and feel accepted. They can deal with failure and disabilities. With 
our loving, people are enabled to lead richer lives.

Sunday: The best love comes from an overflowing heart.
Monday: More courage is required to love than to walk two blocks through a gang-infested 
territory at night.
Tuesday: Finding untainted love is as exhilarating as it is surprising.
Wednesday: People change more when we love them without trying to change them than 
when we actively try to change them.
Thursday: Our delight in another’s presence exhibits itself on our faces.
Friday: If we have never been the recipient of real love, we may have to look for people 
who will love us before looking for people to love.
Saturday: The core of love is to be present to another without trying to get something for 
ourselves.
 
From Daybreakers: 365 Eye-Opening Reflections (Sorin Books, 2001, 98-99. Copyright 2002 by Clifford Williams. Used with permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

         (Wipf & Stock 2008)