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.
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.
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.