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.
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.
Years ago, I found myself at death’s door. I crawled out to my prayer corner one morning to ask God if I should prepare to die, and instead received guidance in the form of 10 Rules for Health.
My husband has a weakness for Meyer lemons, the big juicy ones. He makes quarts of lemonade from them and, to my delight, gets his Vitamin C that way.