BLUF: What is the most professional way to respond to: "Why didn't you get the promotion?" from bosses and peers?
A co-team member and myself were qualified for a management position on our team. The hiring manager added frequent travel to the prerequisites for the position which I am not willing to do (not a good tradeoff for my family). Co-team member got the job.
Now I'm constantly fielding questions from bosses and peers on why I wasn't promoted. The previous manager had delegated significant management work to me for years so I understand why people are surprised that this wasn't my natural next step.
What is the appropriate response to these questions? My deep disappointment about having to pass on this opportunity isn't helping.