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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Opera Riot 2 years ago

Opera RiotAfter the Ecstasy, the Laundry

There is a saying, “Before elightenment: chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment: chop wood, carry water.”

I’m picked up a couple of Jack Kornfield books at work, and right now I’m reading After the Ecstasy, the Laundry. The book is a nudge to Western Buddhists who’ve been bowled over by larger-than-life happily-ever-after enlightenment stories; in reality, we all have moments of clarity, but even deeply profound insight doesn’t smooth out life from there-on after.

Perhaps this description makes it sound like a dreary book, but the point is to dispel that particular myth (i.e. that some special people become permanently radiant, super-human, Buddha-beings and live in peace forever after), as it too often discourages people from connecting to their own spirit. Without the happily-ever-after trappings, it’s much easier to see one’s own path, with all it’s bumps and scrapes, as sacred.

The writing it very beautiful, and is reinvigorating my commitment to my own practice. 2 years ago

Kalibebti 3 years ago

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