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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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itsasecretToday, Mark, we believe God wants you to know that ...

You know that thing you have been putting off? Now is the right time to do it. Remember … if you act like now is all the time you have, you will always have all the time in the world. 1 month ago


itsasecretToday, Mark, we believe God wants you to know that ...

every little thing is a miracle.

Miracles do not come with bright lights and fancy stages. Those belong in a magic show. If you want a miracle, you can see it everywhere – in dew drops, in waves, and of course in yourself. 1 month ago


itsasecretToday, Mark, we believe God wants you to know that ...

there are so many opportunities to serve.

Choose the opportunities which bring the most joy to your heart. That is where your gifts lie. 2 months ago


itsasecretthe new bible

makes it easier to understand so maybe I’ll be able to read and know more about god 3 months ago


itsasecret 12 months ago


itsasecretToday, Mark, we believe God wants you to know that ...

infinite possibilities are born of faith.

Do you think that’s air you breathe; that’s earth you walk on? All matter is God’s creation. And the source is faith. When you have so much faith that you become one of faith, infinite possibilities open to you 3 months ago


itsasecretToday, Mark, we believe God wants you to know that ...

your task is not to seek for love, but to seek and melt all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

God loves you with the very air you breathe, the very light that touches your skin, the very ground that supports you. Love is everywhere, – melt your barriers, and you will have love in abundance. 3 months ago


itsasecretI going to try and find some books about him

Knowing more about him should make it easier. 3 months ago


itsasecretToday, Mark, we believe God wants you to know that ...

it’s time you stopped hiding from life, and said yes to the adventure of being alive.

Enough of the routine already. Go on, have an adventure, – do what you always wanted deep within your heart. Do what brings you alive, and the universe will open doors where there were only walls. 3 months ago


itsasecretToday, Mark, we believe God wants you to know that ... there are many truths, and they all point to one source - God.

Do not spend energy arguing whose truth is righter, – just like all life springs forth from one source, so are all truths but a reflection of God. Accept another truth as another way of loving God. 4 months ago


itsasecretToday, Mark, we believe God wants you to know that ...

worshipping God is good for you.

In a world where there are many things competing for your devotion and worship, God is the only one that delivers and doesn’t disappoint. Putting anything above God will ultimately let you down and leave you feeling empty. So sing praises, lift your hands in the air and give glory to God. It’s good for you! 4 months ago


Rudiano BambinoLast week was so uplifting!

Just a couple of insights from a few talks, some made me teary…

  1. Rockefeller was the first billionaire. But it cost him his relationships and his health. In his early 50s his Doctors predicted he only had a few more years to live. So he changed his perspective on life. He started giving away his money, did many charitable works.The result? His life changed, his health improved. He lived on to be 98! This illustrates how true the bible is when it says “there is more happiness in giving than receiving”. Giving helps us practice love. Love is central to our make up.
  2. When Adam and Eve were perfect, they talked to God “during the breezy part of the day”. Being in paradise will be the same, talk directly to Jah, real conversation and intimacy, laughs… How great will that be!
  3. Jesus’ sacrifice is a way of him saying to God: “Sin is tainting his/her actions but it’s not his/her choice. If s/he was perfect, s/he would act differently, like me. So Father, look past the imperfection, down to the heart, and see how hard s/he tries, the person s/he really is inside”.

Thanks again Jah! 4 months ago


itsasecretUntitled

Maybe I’ll never be as close as I want to be as I thought I could be. 4 months ago


itsasecretIt will be definitely worth it

I just wish I knew the best way of doing it 5 months ago


itsasecret1 problem i seem to have is

people who don’t seem to have anything to do with religion are happy and i’m not completely 5 months ago


itsasecretI started studying again with Eric

and by the end of Jan I’ll go back to the hall

I think trying to overdo it before.

Hopefully Ican stick with it and understand it without feeling lost because i do want to be religious and close to God. 7 months ago


itsasecretI'll probably start going back to church

I just wish god would show me what I’m looking for if i knew what it was :( 7 months ago


Rudiano BambinoI'll write this before I forget...

Cause my memory is something I forget with, for some reason…
OK I am just very grateful for an insight I’ve just been given.
2 Corinthians 1:3,4 talks about Jah being the God of all comforts and that being comforted by Him, we can go and comfort others.

Those can be just words, with no meaning, right? Let’s reflect a little.
I remember a friend quoting this to me in Guadeloupe after we had shared stories about our bad luck in love (for want of a better expression). We knew what it was like to have dreams about someone and see them shattered. So naturally we empathized with each other. Empathy itself is comforting. Knowing that someone sees where we are coming from, understands more than our words can convey makes us feel less odd or alone.

But I learned more tonight. I never thought of faithful servants of God like Moses or Elijah as having bouts of depression. But it seems they did (so did Rebekah, Job, Jacob…). The bible says that they wanted to die on occasions.
The account that impresses me is Elijah. Zealous, faithful, dynamic prophet of God, having seen incredible signs from God such as the burning of a drenched altar, the end of a 3 and a half year drought (and more, all because he prayed God for them). But when Jezabel threatens him with death (and starts killing all the other prophets she can find), he flees for his life. His faith seems to have all but disappeared.
He then feels worthless, alone, discouraged….depressed. He just sleeps.
What does God do? He gently wakes him up and feeds him. Then he allows Elijah to pour out his feelings to Him. Then He strengthens Elijah’s faith with more signs. But not reproachingly. All with love and consideration. In time, He gets Elijah back on track.

It’s a good framework to follow when depressed or helping the depressed: nourishing food, rest, prayer, gentle manners, study.

But this account just puts it in technicolor for me how Jah really IS the God of all comforts. These are not just words. God’s love and wisdom are clearly shown in his handling of Elijah, I feel!

Read the account that inspired this entry straight from the bible. It’s in 1 Kings Chapter 197 months ago


itsasecretI wish there were signs like years ago

I’m not saying it has to be as big but sometimes I wonder what it all means , what’s right for me. Will God show me the way? 8 months ago


itsasecret Today, Mark, we believe God wants you to know that ...

be gentle with yourself. When you ask God to forgive you for past mistakes and transgressions, don’t forget to forgive yourself. 9 months ago


Rudiano BambinoSo nice when this happens...

I was aiming to have a good month so my bills are covered while I’m away (to GWADADA!!! :P) but things haven’t been cooperating with me so instead of having a rich month, with 10 days left it looked like I was going to rack a serious debt. Wasn’t even sure how to come up with this week’s rent. I was in a negative frame of mind as well because One of my clients paid in dollars, which is low against the pound sterling at present and I couldn’t retrieve all my PayPal money for some strange reason. But I don’t care. Because the money I could withdraw is exactly my rent money! Thanks Jehovah God!
I really should learn to stop stressing. He’s got my back, even when it feels he hasn’t.
:D
Oh and it turns out that I could apply for an overdraft online to give myself breathing space despite the fact that my branch had refused to grant me this earlier.
Call it what you will. I call it divine intervention. 9 months ago


Rudiano BambinoThis got me a bit teary

You know sometimes we’re our worst enemy. We’re harsh on ourselves to the point of writing ourselves off. I was looking at my notes from a talk and discovered this:
Job experienced the same feelings when he went through all his trials. He felt God was so far from him that He would not listen to his prayers (Job 9:16). He accepted the trials but probably thought “God can’t love me if I’m going through this”. He was wrong but didn’t know better then. Thankfully, he didn’t let this thinking run its course (God doesn’t love me-> I don’t love myself-> I don’t deserve to be loved-> why bother doing right, I’m unlovable anyway->Let’s just do nothing/do bad)
This reasoning is a falsehood that God’s enemy would love everyone to embrace as truth so that they are utterly uninterested in God or in doing what he asks of us.
Some of us, for reasons maybe unknown to ourselves, are more likely than others to be plagued by this idea that we are unlovable.
The truth is, however, that we are loveable. God is greater than our hearts (1 John 3:19,20). Our hearts may churn out all these negative feelings but God knows where they are from and is above those. He knows we are fragile, imperfect, so he isn’t rough with us (Psalm 103:14).
Contrary to most people, God doesn’t despise us when we feel broken Psalms 51:17)
It may take some study and reflection to convince our heart of this, but it’s worth it. It keeps self-loathing and all manner of dark ramifications at bay. 10 months ago


Rudiano BambinoClean conscience...

It’s a good feeling to know you have done what you ought to even if it was hard. the appreciative comments and the blessings after are really encouraging.
The week was very busy. Took the field service group twice, had two talks yesterday, three mystery assignments, one decorating job. I was quite tired at the end of it all and was struggling but I’m relaxing today!
Next week seems quite good too, probably more work than I could cope with.
Thanks Jah :) 10 months ago


itsasecretToday, Mark, we believe God wants you to know that ...

it is very difficult to take care of others unless you have first taken care of yourself

What do you need to do for yourself so that you can be available for others? What needs are going unmet? How can you be kind to yourself? 11 months ago


itsasecretDear Lord,

Open the ears of my heart. Give me the faith to believe i am fully equipped to hear you. Quiet me enough to notice you stirring in my depths.teach me to listen. 11 months ago


itsasecretfaith is not the belief that God will do what you want

It is the belief god will do what is right. 11 months ago


Rudiano Bambinoso close and yet so far...

I fear for my future…I should have been much better by now. The intimacy I used to have with God is still not back. What the heck is wrong with me?? 12 months ago


Rudiano BambinoMen, men, men!!!!!

A scene from the movie “Angela” by Luc Besson (probably my favourite movie even though hardly anyone shares my sentiment )illustrates my situation, albeit in a creative way.
After an Angel (Angela) falls from heaven to help Andre, he asks for proof that she really is what she says she is. So she does 2 miracles in front of him but Andre still doesn’t believe! He laughs it off as a magic trick. Angela is hurt. She cries: “Men!! You are always the same! You ask us to reassure you and when we do, you ditch us!!!”

I’ve just had quite a few events that have answered my prayers. But still, I’m scared, want more signs, more reassurance.

I got it though. In the form of some encouragement from H to stop complicating things and just “grasp the nettle”, seize this opportunity, this multitude of doors that have suddenly swung open in front of me, with little effort on my part.

I need to do this. If this is not divine providence, nothing is!! 14 months ago


Rudiano BambinoAnother obstacle to drawing close to God

I have known this deep inside but have been unable to articulate it until now. I have been in conflict internally without really knowing why….until now.
Let me explain.
I have been exploring positive thinking and motivational speakers for some years now. A part of me was saying I should get motivation from God, not elsewhere. The other part of me was saying yeah but this works and the principles motivational speakers talk about are often in the bible.This is just what I needed to get out of negative thinking, I thought.
I used the affirmations for a month. They worked... I was transformed.
But the emphasis is always on the self,material success, self fulfilment and so on… There is little space for God there. I purposefully included affirmations about my spirituality.
With time though, exposure to these gurus’ thoughts made me actually more self reliant, not reliant on God or closer to Him.
I don’t feel I’m a better person.
It feels like having results but not God’s blessing, a bit like when Moses struck the stone and miraculously got some water out for the Israelites but because he had not relied on God, He was displeased with Moses and did not let him cross over the Jordan.
Most people, including friends know me as positive and close to God, possibly even mildly talented and successful.
But the truth is that I still feel far from the man I should be by now. My longing to know God’s thoughts is at loggerheads with desires to sound intelligent, get ahead in the world. I don’t like that. That wasn’t the initial plan.
What would be the point? As long I seek God and His righteousness FIRST, everything I need will be added, in this world but most importantly in the next. (Matthew 6:33)
Of what good would it be for me to get ahead in this world, feel empty spiritually and thus forfeit my entry to the next? 14 months ago


Rudiano BambinoDoubts...

I’m not doubting God, no. I’m past that. But I’m doubting myself. I went to Ireland for inspiration. I got just that. I now feel inspired to go serve somewhere else. But I need the funds. I was saying that to a friend this morning. Then I checked my phone. It was a text from my bank. The funds got there today. WTH?! My heart is saying ” I don’t deserve this, why should I have it? It’s definitely a mistake.” I need to investigate this first but if it turns out that these funds are not a mistake, goodness me! What an answer to my prayers!!! 14 months ago


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