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I have a friend, a pastor, who applied with me and 419 other people for 25 seats on a special advisory board. Though I believed she was infinitely more qualified than me, she wasn’t selected and I was. When I saw her at her church weeks later, I asked her how she felt about the decision. While disappointment, self-doubt and defeat would have been normal reactions to the Board’s decision, my friend said she felt great. ‘How come?’ I asked. She said with a smile, ‘I just figured God had something better in store for me.’

Jack Canfield