Sunday January 22, 2017

Nobody can honestly think of himself as a strong character because, however successful he is in overcoming them, he is necessarily aware of the doubts and temptations that accompany every choice. Unless he is a crook or has made an utter mess of his life, he will recognize the truth of Cesare Pavese’s observation: “We can all do good deeds, but very few of us can think good thoughts.”

—W. H. Auden
  American (British-born) poet (1907-1973)

Source: Foreword to Markings, by Dag Hamarskjöld(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. This website will continue to publish the Reflections every day, including most Sundays, into 2016. To my many regular print readers through the years I extend deep gratitude and warm wishes for the New Year. - Tom Fitzpatrick