It is good that I did not get the faux thing because I would have given my all to the faux thing and would have been still yearning for my real THING. It would have been a waste of time and my talent.
Yes, I am thanking God for this unanswered prayer. And yes, I am still waiting for my THING while maintaining the status quo, but there at least I avoided potential disaster. And maybe I have a few more lessons to learn before I can get my THING.