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I worked hard to become a successful journalist, and learned to be self-absorbed.

At the peak of my career, I worked in countries with great poverty, and tried to be a selfless witness.

And then I covered war.

I left journalism, and became a rehabilitation counselor, working with veterans.

I prayed for humility every day.

This is the 6th in a series on “10 things I learned from an al Qaeda bomb in Afghanistan.” Read more.

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