And Lived Well

Tonight, over a candlelit dinner in Chris and Clarissa's backyard, the brightest desert stars hanging over our heads, one person after another, from all parts of Bevan's life, stood up, raised a glass, and spoke about how, in one way or another, he has changed them for the better, and it made me so damn happy and so damn proud and reminded me of this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well."