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 I was in primary school, the first ever IQ tests were given. There was a lot of buzz about this new way of measuring a child’s “intelligence quotient”.
Our wedding anniversary is this week, so love is on my mind. Love is easy to fall into, harder to sustain. Seasoned love is edged with inevitable disappointments and annoyances. Yet faithfulness is good as gold.
There is one virtue for which people are crying out, especially around election time. It is bound up in hope and leads to trust – the virtue of integrity.
One of the first joys I had when floating at Ootu Beach on Aitutaki was watching beautiful island children playing after their sailing club lessons.
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.