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.
On our journey overseas, we have travelled by ferry to Cormorant Island on Alert Bay in the Pacific. It is located in British Columbia on the west coast of Canada.
On a recent cloudy Sunday, when I was driving with a friend to church, we suddenly saw a huge perfect rainbow, one end in the lagoon, the other arching to the other side of the island.
When the Minister of Education for Yap, a small island country in the western Pacific, invited us to give a Virtues Project workshop for the community, I asked him to include a group of students.
When I recently asked a friend who looked sad and down-hearted, “Pe’ea koe?” (How are you? in Cook Islands Maori), he gave me the automatic ‘fine, thank you’ or ‘Meitaki’.