As the academic year closes down (with the summer session just ending), I have been reflecting on my work, which includes teaching, research, administration and outreach. The modern world is so fast and hectic that months sometimes go by without giving us a chance to think about what we have been doing, what we have learned or what changes we should make. It was John Locke, the English philosopher, who referred to education as the “beginning of a gentleman”, but pointed to reflection as the “finishing” stage of being a gentleman.