The memory of her mother’s voice is what kept Elizabeth Smart sane during her nine-month-long captivity a decade ago, and it is her mother’s advice that has kept her moving forward since: “What that man did to you was terrible, it was evil,” Smart’s mother, Lois, told Elizabeth after she was back safe at home. “The best punishment you could ever give him is to be happy. Follow your dreams. If you hold on to the past or feel sorry for yourself, you are allowing him to steal more of your life. He doesn’t deserve one second more.”
That advice was the best she has ever gotten, Smart — now 25 and married — told a lunch crowd at Broken Sound Country Club in Boca Raton Tuesday. “One thing we all have in common is we all have problems and trials. Sometimes they’re visible, and sometimes they’re not. I am here to say that no matter what the adversity is, you can overcome it.”
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