We could not contain our excitement here at Blossom HQ when we found in our mailbox a large manilla envelope, a little the worse for wear, bearing the seal of the Royal Government of Bhutan. The Bhutanese Prime Minister, the Honourable Mr. Jigmi Y. Thinley, was our only head of state to receive one of our Blossom paintings. Inside the envelope, we were delighted to find a personal letter from the Prime Minister himself!
While each of the Blossom recipients is remarkable in one way or another, we are especially inspired by the example of Bhutan, a very traditional country that is redefining words like “development” and “progress” for the 21rst century. Bhutan is famous for inventing the concept of Gross Domestic Happiness.
To quote from Prime Minister Thinley’s letter to us:
“Thank you for the kind sentiments expressed about my country and your encouragement for the work being done. Gross National Happiness (GNH) is our development philosophy. Building a strong foundation for democracy along the lines of GNH is foremost on our agenda so that we have an enduring political system with steady socio-economic progress for generations to come.”
The Prime Minister advises us that the painting will be placed in his official conference room.
As usual, the full text of the letter is posted under our own here. Or you can scroll down to see a scan of the original.