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.
Whatever the question is, love is the answer. Why are we here? To love and to serve – to express love in the way we live, the way we worship, the work we do, the relationships we nurture. Here in paradise, the love of God, of family, and community are vibrant threads woven into the culture.
Do you love your life? If you do, it’s a sure sign you’re living by your virtues, because they are the portals to happiness, the essence of a well-lived life.
Cheekiness is, to me, one of the leading virtues of this country. From a virtues perspective, I see it as a combo of confidence, humour and humility.
I met an unforgettable woman during a virtues workshop in an Australian women’s prison. Marie swaggered into the room, parting the others like the Red Sea.