October 19, 2020

Real kindness changes people in the doing of it, often in unpredictable ways. It mingles our needs and desires with the needs and desires of others, in a way that so-called self-interest never can.

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


Source: On Kindness (buy from Amazon)






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