Building the Universe

American poet Mary Oliver once implored, “Let us hope it will always be like this, each of us going on in our inexplicable ways building the universe.”

This universe we live in, the world we occupy, and these lives we live are build and rebuilt everyday, constructed out of stardust, mud, blood, toil and joy by all the hands that build. That’s everyone of us, the most engaged and the least active, all in equal measure.

Whether you see it, acknowledge it, love it, or live it, you are building right now. Oliver hoped for an inevitability, so her dream’s fulfillment is at once permanently unfulfilled yet assured. Congrats for finding the sweet affliction of rightness Mary! 

Now, back to building…

Written by Adam Fletcher, this article was originally posted to Learn more at!

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For almost two decades, Adam F. C. Fletcher has led international outreach focused on engaging people successfully. Working with thousands of youth-serving nonprofits, K-12 schools, government agencies, international NGOs and other organizations around the world, his work spans the fields of education, public health, economic development and social services, and includes professional development, public speaking, publishing, social media and more. He founded the Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement, SoundOut and CommonAction, as well as writing more than 50 publications and 500 articles. He has also established 150-plus community empowerment projects.

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