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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queentassonehow little is little?

Food is an easy way to do this. Just taking a second to marvel at and appreciate the life-containing and life-sustaining beauty of a fresh fruit or vegetable – while washing it, cutting it, smelling it, feeling it, tasting it, chewing and swallowing it, being energized by it – can give as many moments of joy as you remember to take, by eating well and consciously and appreciating what food does for you and how much and in how many ways you can enjoy it.

Breathing is another one that is so easy to take for granted, but so wonderful if attended to and appreciated. Breath sustains us every moment. Paying attantion to air and its value and effects also allow me to pay more attention to and gain more information from smells.

I pause and thank the world for the roses lining my sidewalk every morning when I leave and every evening when I come home, because they give me such pleasure without my having to work for them at all – I didn’t plant them and I don’t maintain them – when so much of my time is sucked into being unhappy with work or worrying about the coming cold and winter and shovelling snow and being late to work and having dry skin and whatever else. But their delicate pink beauty against the backdrop of my neighborhood reminds me, literally, to stop and smell the roses, which I do nearly every time I walk by. It’s a beautiful smell! 8 years ago


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