Thailand, my home for the past 13 years, is now in mourning. For those outside of the Kingdom it is very difficult to explain the hope, inspiration and love our King provided. He was a spiritual leader who offered, not only words of wisdom to the people, but a model way of living a life. He was practical, frugal, patient and serious about his people's future and safety. His concepts of self sustaining lifestyles were so unique in an era of excess and flash.
Many people are putting up their favorite photos of the King and for me, as an American, this photo was always one of my favorites. Here he is seen visiting with Elvis. The King was a musician and a lover of music.
There will be sad days to come in the Kingdom, but I do believe all of his efforts will not be in vain. He has planted seeds of hope and direction that permeate the society of Thailand and offer everyone an example of how to live a good life full of happiness and joy.