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.
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.
Sometimes we call the Cook Islands God’s country. We do that for many reasons. Perhaps it is because we believe its people are clean living and uncorrupted by the evils of the world. We also generally regard ourselves as nice “God fearing” people with charming smiles and decent morals.
The people of the Cook Islands, at least those on Rarotonga, have been inundated with lots of photographs and follow-up write-ups from the Prime Minister Henry Puna and his spin doctor Trevor Pitt for the last week or so.