Dear 43 Things Users,

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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JohnCassian is contemplative

Go on a retreat to a monastery
Monasteries are places of spiritual power

It has been about two years since I first went to a monastery. My wife and I are now oblates there.

Most people who visit monasteries do not become oblates. That’s OK, monasteries are great places for a peaceful time of thinking and prayer — who wouldn’t enjoy that?

If I could give any advice on the attitude to take with you on your first visit, it would be that monasteries are places where you will find ordinary people. Relax in being yourself. Monks, nuns, and sisters are just like you.

Listen with the ear of your heart.


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