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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SometimesClearThere is no spoon

This one trips me up from time to time.
When I remember & accept that “there is no spoon” I feel at ease & complete, and things just happen – but still manage to slip back into the weight trying to manage something that is not there.
Remembering that ‘there is no spoon’ is a goal I want to master. 4 years ago


I wanted to leave this goal on my list for as long as it would take me to feel that I finally “get it”. And by this, I mean that sometimes I think I’m way ahead, when I’m really not. But the biggest indicator that I’m actually doing this, came 23 days ago.

R. left one morning. He left on December 26th, to be precise. It was painful, and awkward, and sad. And I didn’t hear from him for 3 weeks. And then it was even more awkward, and painful to revisit it. But after the first 9 days I woke up happy. I woke up feeling free, and with this feeling inside my heart, like I had all this space inside of me and that I could just hold the whole world in my heart. I felt good. And I realized then, that I really did ‘get it’.

Instead of letting an emotion destroy me, I acknowledged that I create my own happiness and my own satisfaction. I create my situation by choosing to interpret it in a painful way.

It’s never personal, and it’s never painful. It just is. And what you do with it, is up to you. There really is ‘no spoon’. 5 years ago

tippytoesthere is no spoon...

This takes constant reminding myself, and constant practice. There is no self, no ego, no birth, no death, only mental formations and perceptions.
I went on another wonderful retreat this past weekend.
One step closer to ‘realization’... but a lifetime of putting it into practice :) 6 years ago

ezra3next step?

Remembering that there is no spoon is about taking another step towards knowing the truth. It’s part of the journey. I know I’m not there yet so I’m leaving this on my list for now…but I think it’s close! 7 years ago

ezra3First step

Watch the movies… 7 years ago

Notasyetaflyer15I may not be able to control my thoughts, but I can control how they affect me

“Everything in our life exists because we have created it. Every situation. Every relationship. Every thought and therefore every feeling is truly a figment of our imagination because our imagination is what brought them into reality. So we have complete control over our life. We are empowered.
If we think about all the good stuff we want in our life, we attract it to us.” – Gypsy 7 years ago

Notasyetaflyer15Wut the hell does this mean? Can someone please explain.....?? Pleez

I feel that in order to complete this goal….I might just have to understand what its talking about. I mean if there isn’t a spoon, there will only be forks and knives. How am I suppose to eat my soup? lol 8 years ago

EricThere is no spoon.

This really is subjective. I see it as letting myself get past what I think something represents, and making it something new. Perhaps to stop seeing people as strangers, but rather as an opportunity to meet someone new.

What else could ordinary things be? 8 years ago

ricstrinaI'm good with it...

...I feel good about believing that I have this goal down as a part of my inherent character.

So really, I’m good with it… 8 years ago

SlipstitchBut there is a fork.

I’m sitting here with my soup, and the spoon isn’t there. Now what am I supposed to do? 8 years ago

joshnone of this is real

“It is at least possible that there is an all-powerful evil demon who is deceiving me, such that he causes me to have false beliefs, including the belief that there is a table in front of me and the belief that two plus three equals five,”


I think that mine enjoys seeing me chase my tail. 9 years ago

John PaulYou don't have to go all metaphysical to appreciate.

Yes, it’s fun to stretch the mind to encompass thoughts of being and non-being, the question of what is real, what is construct of the collective mind—there’s all kinds to ways to see that “there is no spoon” (most recently quoted from one of the Matrix movies.)

The lesson that I will spend my life learning and appreciating the extent to which I can learn it is that perception is subjective. Once upset over the difficulties of someone close having bi-polar disorder and not functioning as others expect, a dear friend said to me, “Who says she has to do things or function in a certain way.” It was so freeing!

This can be applied all over the place and certainly provides a real basis for humility and compassion when faced with others’ difficulties.

It may have even more value on a personal level as a way of freeing myself from traps of my own construction (or at least those ideas I wholly bought into that I was raised with but which may no longer be or never were valid or useful. 9 years ago

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