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10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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pray more

I forget that I can pray, sometimes. That it’s an option. I’m visiting my sister’s family right now, and they pray before every meal. I like it, actually. But I can’t seem to remember on my own. It’s the same with remembering to pray other times. I forget that it’s an option. I used to talk to God all the time – what happened? And, too, I feel like sometimes I don’t really know how to pray. Like… I say everything wrong, and I leave out things that are important. And the good thing is that I know none of that matters, that God knows the stuff and what I want to communicate, but even so, I wish I could feel more… stable about it, somehow.


dirgon needs to start updating his 43Things entries more often.

I struggle with my prayer life as well. I have had some very good people, especially here on 43Things, to start out with the Psalms. These are basically prayers from David to God. When you pray, say simple, concise sentences. There is no need to go into the “stained glass” prayer, you know, the one that is long, eloquent, and beautiful. All prayers are beautiful. God just wants to hear from us. “Thank you God”. That is a prayer.

As for your comment about “what happened”? I have been feeling the same way as of late, because I have not been doing the things that I should be doing. I heard it great in one of our lessons at church recently… we are as close to God as we want to be.


About what you should say…In catechism hours we’ve been told not so long ago something very interesting about prayers. That you should start by trying to rid your mind of everything and just not to think of anything, and to open yourself -this is meditation; you become open to God, to His Voice, you get in communion with Him. And it is through this communion that you can pray for somebody or for something, you deliver them into His hands, you recognize that it is only through Him that anything can be.
So the prayer isn’t based on words but on an opening, a communion (cf communication…Hey, that actually means communication is supposed to bring you to a communion; so opening yourself is a way of communicating. Letting yourself become one with God. I’m rambling, but I find this interesting.). But of course, it’s a hard state to reach. :P

Good luck. And have faith, everyone gets into it then out then back in again. Just the fact that you want to pray and to think more of God is a prayer in itself.

Summer has gotten 2 cheers on this entry.

  • kiyann cheered this 9 years ago
  • kacie72 cheered this 9 years ago


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