How does forgiveness affect your life? This week Kizito Kalima, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide and Founder and Executive Director of the Peace Center for Forgiveness & Reconciliation, shares the incredible strength it took for him to forgive those who had harmed him and murdered his family and also the incredible relief that act of forgiving has given him.
Mr. Kalima shares his initial aversion to forgiving those who had so brutally wronged him. Yet, as Mr. Kalima explains, through the difficult process of learning to forgive, he found a much-needed sense of peace and was finally free of the daily migraines, rampant stress, and anxiety he had suffered in the time since the atrocities of the genocide occurred.
Dr. Lisa MacLean, Chief Clinical Wellness Officer of the Henry Ford Health System, also joins us to explain the real mental, spiritual, and physical benefits that forgiveness brings. She implores those of us harboring anger to consider how forgiving can make our own lives better.
Unthinkable suffering, unconditional forgiveness, and transformational healing remain at the core of why Kizito Kalima does what he does. From genocide awareness and prevention to peace rebuilding projects, he strives to spread the message of forgiveness and to achieve long-lasting peace among all people.