My favorite response of all 55+ interviews (many of them food writers or cookbook authors as Bhide is, but also best-selling children's authors, mom writers and more) came from the very first one with Food Network star Aartie Sequeira, who simply responded in this way: Having God say to me at the end of my life on earth: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
To know that you've done well, that you've been a good person and faithful to your God, I agree, would be most satisfying. I aspire to that but have never been able to put it so succinctly. To me, this is Post-it Note-worthy. Such a simple message to be reminded of, don't you think?
"Well done, good and faithful servant."