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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.


The Virtues of Success

Friday August 15, 2014

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”.

Small steps can make life beautiful

Thursday August 07, 2014

Have you ever wished for a more loving relationship, a healthier diet or a fitter body, but felt it was beyond your reach?

Creating a paradise of love

Friday July 25, 2014

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.

Election: Walk with integrity

Friday July 18, 2014

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.

Ah, winter in paradise. A refreshing break from the heat both for those born here and those who have come from cooler climes.

Love is the answer

Saturday June 28, 2014

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. 

This week, I was privileged to facilitate a two day workshop sponsored by Te Vaerua Rehabilitation Services.

Many decisions arise in our lives. We all have to make choices, some that affect us for a lifetime.

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