March 4, 2021

We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn.

—Mary Catherine Bateson
   American writer and cultural anthropologist (1960-2021)

Source: Composing a Life: the Age of Active Wisdom (essays)

The Boston Globe‚Äôs editors and I agreed in December 2015 that Reflection for the Day will no longer appear in the newspaper, ending a 32-year run since the feature was launched by visionary Boston Globe editor Thomas Winship. I will continue to publish the Reflections on this website every day, including most Sundays, into 2016 and beyond. To my many regular print readers through the years I extend deep gratitude and warm wishes for the New Year. —Thomas Fitzpatrick