Negative Capability

…at once it struck me what quality went to form a Man of Achievement, especially in Literature, and which Shakespeare possessed so enormously – I mean Negative Capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason…

This ability to chill and shuffle along anxiety and doubt.

Certainly worked for the poet John Keats back in 1800s, but probably not a good idea to add this to our CVs today!  Skills:  Microsoft Office Suite, Negative Capability, Financial Modelling, …

Not that I can personally claim to add this skill to my daily repertoire.  John Keats’ “irritable reaching after fact and reason” sounds a lot like my bedtime routine, along with dashes of eye cream and night sleeping mask I slap onto my face.

Dear 2015, what a reckless, stressful year.  I need to calm the hell down.  Here is the perfect piece of David Olenick’s art to express my year-end crunch time feelings.

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