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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besidequietwatersThe Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, union;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. 4 years ago

besidequietwatersThree Ways of Saying the Same Thing

You, Lord, give true peace to those who depend on you, because they trust you. ~ Isaiah 26:3 New Century Version

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! ~ Isaiah 26:3 New Living Translation

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. ~ Isaiah 26:3 New King James Version5 years ago


Grieving three deaths in only four weeks. Each of these three were close, but the last especially precious and dearly loved. He was my first husband and the father of my grown son. And his death could not have been more tragic. I have never gone through anything like this. Walking through the valley of the shadow, yet finding comfort and that peace which surpasses understanding. 5 years ago

besidequietwatersRomans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~ Romans 15:13 5 years ago

N2thecalmb4thestormDo not be anxious about anything

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 4: 4-7 5 years ago

N2thecalmb4thestormGod's peace in everyday life

Surprisingly, I actually gasped when the “check engine” light went on in my car last week. I immediately started to go into panic mode. I HATE it when something goes wrong with my car. Instead of going into full blown panic mode, though, I stopped and calmed down. I started praying and started calmly evaluating the situation.

Okay, there are a lot of reasons why the check engine light can go on and most of them don’t mean that my car will instantly blow up or stop and leave me stranded. My car was not driving any differently, did not sound different, and the temperature gauge was right where it should be. I had recently checked the fluid levels and they were fine. I previously had this happen with another car when all it needed was to have the gas cap tightened. I’d give that a try first.

It turned out not to be a loose gas cap so I made an appointment to get it looked at and fixed. My mind automatically turned to thoughts of how much would this cost and would I have enough money to cover it? But instead of worrying, I left it up to God to make sure my car ran fine and got me where I needed to go until the car could be worked on. I also left it up to God to make sure I could handle the cost.

After checking my car, an oxygen sensor needed to be replaced. It was covered by the warranty, so no cash out of my pocket for that. In checking my car, the mechanics also noted a small leak in one of the radiator hoses. They replaced it – also covered by my warranty. All I ended up paying for was the oil change I had asked them to do in addition to fixing my car.

Thank you, God, for taking such good care of me and for keeping me calm and peaceful while dealing with a problem that would normally stress me out. 5 years ago

N2thecalmb4thestormVerses for further reflection...

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until that day when our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.
1 Thessalonians 5:23

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Colossians 3:15 5 years ago

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John 14:27

27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 5 years ago

N2thecalmb4thestormVerses for reflection

The Lord gives his people strength.
The Lord blesses them with peace.
Psalm 29:11

I will lie down in peace and sleep,
for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.
Psalm 4:8

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
John 14:27

May grace and peace be yours, sent to you from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ephesians 1:2 5 years ago

besidequietwatersPhilippians 4:4-9

Rejoice…the Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus….and the God of peace will be with you. ~ Philippians 4:4-9 6 years ago

besidequietwatersPsalm 29:11

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. ~ Psalm 29:11 6 years ago

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