November 14, 2019

The myth of our potential can make of our lives a perpetual falling-short, a continual and continuing loss, though at its best it lures us into the future, but without letting us wonder why such lures are required.

—Adam Phillips
  British psychotherapist and writer (b. 1954)

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The Boston Globe’s 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 Tom 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. —Tom Fitzpatrick