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March 11, 2008
I was intensely proud of myself yesterday. A classmate was given one of the teaching positions that I was denied. He was so excited, apparently expecting that I would have been hired as well, that we could celebrate our mutual success. He looked genuinely shocked when I told him my bad news.

ďThatís great,Ē I congratulated him, sounding happy because I truly was. He looked a bit guilty as he thanked me.

Iím jealous by nature. I often envy my friendsí successes. But I was truly happy for him, with no jealousy involved. And Iím proud of myself for that.