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A space for my thoughts... (read all 7 entries…)
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BITCHOLOGY

When I stand up for
myself and my beliefs,
they call me a
bitch.

When I stand up for
those I love,
they call me a
bitch.

When I speak my mind, think my own thoughts
or do things my own way, they call me a
bitch.

Being a bitch
means I won’t
compromise what’s
in my heart.
It means I live my life MY way.
It means I won’t allow anyone to step on me.

When I refuse to
tolerate injustice and
speak against it, I am
defined as a
bitch.

The same thing happens when I take time for
myself instead of being everyone’s maid, or when I act a little selfish.

It means I have the courage and strength to allow myself to be who I truly am and won’t become anyone else’s idea of what they think I ‘should’ be.

I am outspoken, opinionated and determined. I want what I want and there is nothing wrong with that!
So try to stomp on me, just try to douse my inner flame, try to squash every ounce of beauty I hold within me.
You won’t succeed.

And if that makes me a bitch ,so be it.
I embrace the title and am proud to bear it.



Stay In Tune With My Star player (Namely Me), The Person I have to Deal With Everyday. (read all 27 entries…)
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Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.—Shari R. Barr



Stay In Tune With My Star player (Namely Me), The Person I have to Deal With Everyday. (read all 27 entries…)
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Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right,
forget about the ones who don’t, and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance,
take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it would be easy they just promised it would be worth it.



Be sure not to miss George's (Geo58) birthday on March 20th
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I missed it. :( happy REALLY belated b-day!



Stay In Tune With My Star player (Namely Me), The Person I have to Deal With Everyday. (read all 27 entries…)
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“If you aren’t happy with what you have, how could you ever be happy with more?” Fortune Cookie



Stay In Tune With My Star player (Namely Me), The Person I have to Deal With Everyday. (read all 27 entries…)
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“The art of being happy is to be satisfied with what you have.”



Stay In Tune With My Star player (Namely Me), The Person I have to Deal With Everyday. (read all 27 entries…)
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“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
– Anonymous



Stay In Tune With My Star player (Namely Me), The Person I have to Deal With Everyday. (read all 27 entries…)
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“The great question is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure.” Shakespeare



Stay In Tune With My Star player (Namely Me), The Person I have to Deal With Everyday. (read all 27 entries…)
Got this in an email.......

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their schedule, didn’t know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I’ve tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn’t suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word ‘refrigeration’ mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched ‘Jeopardy’ on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, ‘How about going to lunch in a half hour?’ She would gas up and stammer, ‘I can’t. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday. I had a late breakfast. It looks like rain.’ And my personal favorite: ‘It’s Monday.’ She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We’ll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We’ll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We’ll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of ‘I’m going to,’ ‘I plan on,’ and ‘Someday, when things are settled down a bit.’

When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment’ friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you’re ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of roller blades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years I love ice cream. It’s just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now…go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to…...not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask ’ How are you?’ Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, ‘We’ll do it tomorrow.’ And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say ‘Hi’?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift….Thrown away….. Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

It’s National Friendship Week….. Show your friends how much you care.



Wish Mermaid53 a Happy Birthday, which I just found out a few minutes ago is on March 11th. (read all 2 entries…)
I almost forgot the

cake!



Wish Mermaid53 a Happy Birthday, which I just found out a few minutes ago is on March 11th. (read all 2 entries…)
Happy

Happy Birthday!



Stay In Tune With My Star player (Namely Me), The Person I have to Deal With Everyday. (read all 27 entries…)
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The Present

Imagine there is a Bank that credits your account every morning with $86,400.

However, it carries over no balance from day to day and every night the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day.

What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course!

Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME.

Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance and it allows no overdraft.

Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours.

There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow.” You must live in the present solely on today’s deposits. So invest it wisely each day to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success!

The clock is running. Make the most of today.

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.

To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.

To realize the value of ONE-SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.

To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a medal in the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time.

And remember that TIME waits for no one.

Author Unknown



A space for my thoughts... (read all 7 entries…)
Have a Kleenex

handy…....

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=6



Celebrate moms! (read all 8 entries…)
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No Charge

My little boy came into the kitchen this evening while I was fixing supper. And he handed me a piece of paper he’d been writing on. So, after wiping my hands on my apron, I read it, and this is what it said:

For mowing the grass, $5
For making my own bed this week, $1
For going to the store $.50
For playing with baby brother while you went shopping, $.25
For taking out the trash, $1
For getting a good report card, $5
And for raking the yard, $2

Well, I looked at him standing there expectantly, and a thousand memories flashed through my mind. So, I picked up the paper, and turning it over, this is what I wrote:

For the nine months I carried you, growing inside me, No Charge
For the nights I sat up with you, doctored you, prayed for you, No Charge
For the time and the tears, and the cost through the years, No Charge
For the nights filled with dread, and the worries ahead, No Charge
For advice and the knowledge, and the cost of your college, No Charge
For the toys, food and clothes, and for wiping your nose, No Charge
Son, when you add it all up, the full cost of my love is No Charge

Well, when he finished reading, he had great big tears in his eyes. And he looked up at me and he said, “Mama, I sure do love you.” Then he took the pen and in great big letters he wrote, PAID IN FULL.

Shirley Ceasar



Stay In Tune With My Star player (Namely Me), The Person I have to Deal With Everyday. (read all 27 entries…)
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Outlook on Life

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose don’t lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon. I also know that dreams really do come true and you have my Best Wishes and my best efforts in those.

Dalai Lama



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Two more aisles . . .

A man observed a woman in the grocery store with a three year old girl in her basket. As they passed the cookie section, the little girl asked for cookies and her mother told her no. The little girl immediately began to whine and fuss, and the mother said quietly, “Now Monica, we just have half of the aisles left to go through; don’t be upset. It won’t be long.”

Soon they came to the candy aisle, and the little girl began to shout for candy. And when told she couldn’t have any, began to cry. The mother said, “There, there, Monica, don’t cry—only two more aisles to go, and then we’ll be checking out.”

When they got to the check-out stand, the little girls immediately began to clamor for gum and burst into a terrible tantrum upon discovering there’d be no gum purchased. The mother patiently said, “Monica, we’ll be through this check out stand in 5 minutes and then you can go home and have a nice nap.”

The man followed them out to the parking lot and stopped the woman to compliment her. “I couldn’t help noticing how patient you were with little Monica,” he began. Whereupon the mother said, “I’m Monica . . . . . my little girl’s name is Tammy.”



Stay In Tune With My Star player (Namely Me), The Person I have to Deal With Everyday. (read all 27 entries…)
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Desiderata – by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself to others you may be become vain and bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your career however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortune of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you from what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself, especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the councel of the years gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture the strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be; and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann



Always deposit more than I withdraw from my Karma account (read all 3 entries…)
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! I WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dear leighanna,

We’ve just selected your kindness idea as the winner for this month’s HelpOthers.org contest. Congratulations!

What this means is that we’ll send you $100 to support implementation of the delightful idea that you shared with us:

My Girls….

I am teaching a self-esteem class for at risk girls aged 8-12. I currently scour clothing pantries for the girls, because it’s hard to work on their self-esteem when they have on their dad’s shoes, or clothes with stains on them. I would use the money to purchase a new clothing item, or two for each of the girls.

To make this happen, we can either send you a check or PayPal the money to your email address. Please let us know what you’d prefer and send us the appropriate information. (Note: for those who are not based in the United States, PayPal is the easiest option so you’ll have to create an account, unless you have one already.) If you have any questions, do drop me a note and I’d be more than happy to answer it.

With this unconditional gift, we hope that you are able to create ripples of goodness in your community. And we hope to hear some stories of your experience, and if possible, perhaps some photos and videos too!

Thanks for your partnership in spreading a little bit of kindness in the world, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.



A space for my thoughts... (read all 7 entries…)
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I was shocked, confused, bewildered
as I entered Heavens door,
not by the beauty of it’s decor

But it was the folks in Heaven
who made me sputter and gasp.
The theives, the liars, the sinners
The alcoholics and the trash.

There stood the kid from seventh grade
who swiped my lunch money twice,
next to him was my old neighbor
who never said anything nice

Herb, who I always thought was
rotting away in Hell,
was sitting pretty on cloud nine
looking incredibly well

I nudged Jesus, “What’s the deal
I would love to hear your take
how’d all these sinners get up here?”
God must have made a mistake.

“And why is everyone so quiet
so somber-give me a clue,”
“HUSH CHILD” he said, “They’re all in shock,
no one thought they’d be seeing you.”



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Where is sevenweeks?



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