Virtues in Paradise
Linda Kavelin-Popov is co-founder of The Virtues Project and best-selling author of ‘The family virtues guide’, ‘A pace of grace’, ‘Graceful endings’ and other books on virtues. In this regular column, she explores virtues in the Cook Islands context. You can find out more about her work at www.virtuesproject.com or www.gracefulendings.net.
When the Minister of Education for Yap, a small island country in the western Pacific, invited us to give a Virtues Project workshop for the community, I asked him to include a group of students.
When I recently asked a friend who looked sad and down-hearted, “Pe’ea koe?” (How are you? in Cook Islands Maori), he gave me the automatic ‘fine, thank you’ or ‘Meitaki’.
When my husband Dan, brother John and I put together our first book, The Family Virtues Guide, we had a big dream; to help parents raise children who would be champions of virtue.
In all the holy books of the world’s religions, there is a virtue that is named as a stepping stone to Paradise, bringing us “nearer my God to Thee.”