Forgive and forget. We’ve all heard this phrase at some point, but it’s way easier said than done. Listen to this podcast episode with Katherine Schwarzenegger and learn why forgiveness can be a gift.
We are all hurt at some point in our lives. Maybe a close friend has betrayed your trust, a family member ignored your hospitality, or a partner cheated on you. Sometimes, these conflicts end, and the other person admits their wrong and asks for forgiveness, but other times, they don’t. Maybe they couldn’t care less that they hurt you.
Sometimes, people intentionally hurt us. Maybe you’ve been abused, neglected, manipulated, or harassed. As a young boy, I was sexually assaulted by a man I didn’t know. It was traumatizing.
There are some things that just seem unforgivable.
But forgiveness is not something you need permission for. It’s a choice that you make yourself, and ultimately, it’s an empowering and liberating one.
My guest today on The School of Greatness has just written a whole book about the subject, and it’s a book you’re going to want to read.
“I found one of the most important things that I try to remind myself every single day is to interact with people and lead with compassion. And I think that that has turned out to make a huge difference. When we get frustrated, when we get irritated even with people that we love and are close to, or people we don’t know at all — that coming back to a place of love and compassion has been tremendously helpful in my life. And I think I would tell that to others as well, just because I think that it’s really needed right now.” – Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt
Who is Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt?
Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt is an American New York Times bestselling author, TV correspondent, philanthropist, and the daughter of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and broadcast journalist Maria Shriver. In 2019, Katherine married actor Chris Pratt, and let me tell you — they are relationship goals.
In 2010, she wrote her first book entitled Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who’s Been There and Back. In this book, Katherine describes her personal journey and encourages other young women to achieve confidence and a positive self-image.
Her fourth book called The Gift of Forgiveness: Inspiring Stories from Those Who Have Overcome the Unforgivable was recently released on March 10, 2020. In the book, she interviews 22 different people about their experience with overcoming trauma and hurt while figuring out the path to healing and forgiveness. These stories are raw, and the people who tell them have been through the unimaginable — all of their forgiveness journeys are different, but they have all arrived in the same place of liberation and healing.
In May 2020, Katherine plans to release her own podcast called The Gift of Forgiveness which is all about people’s forgiveness journeys. Some of these people are included in her book, others are not, but what Katherine hopes is that these conversations will inspire other people to seek forgiveness in their own lives.
One huge part of Katherine’s story is her work for animals. She is a HUGE animal lover and works as an Ambassador for Best Friends Animal Society and the ASPCA, lending her time, voice, and energy to spread awareness about animal rescue. She rescued her own dog, Maverick, and even wrote a children’s book about him called Maverick and Me. She says that animals have taught her so much about forgiveness:
“There’s just endless love and constantly just someone that will come and lick you and greet you, no matter what you look like, what you’ve done in your life … And for me, my dog Maverick and also the animals that I’ve had growing up, have taught me so much about unconditional love and responsibility.” – Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt
Katherine is such a genuinely kind and thoughtful person. I really enjoyed this interview with her and was blown away by the things she had to say about relationships, forgiveness, and learning to practice compassion and humility in everyday life.