Scenic Mountain Medical Center sponsored its â€śThree Thrilling Yearsâ€ť Healthy Woman celebration Thursday afternoon. The evening started off with a free health fair and womenâ€™s expo. Women were able to sign up for giveaways, receive information on different services provided throughout the community and then enjoy a meal and a presentation by Lisa Smartt, author and comedian. (HERALD photo/Amanda Moreno)
â€śSmarttâ€ť advice and laughter filled the Dora Roberts Community Center ballroom Thursday evening as Lisa Smartt, author and comedian, delivered her words of wisdom during â€śThree Thrilling Yearsâ€ť of Healthy Woman.
This was the second year she was featured as the guest speaker for the event.
â€śThere was just something about Lisa that made the decision to invite her back for a command performance an easy one. She is one of us,â€ť Scenic Mountain Medical Center Marketing Director Kim Howell said.
Smartt delivered several points to live by during her speech â€śI thought I was a 'people person' â€¦ until I started working with people.â€ť Those points included learning how to avoid gossip, how to forgive even if you can't necessarily forget, and remembering you are not the center of the universe.
â€śA lot of people say forgive and forget, but that's not necessarily true or easy. There are a lot of things that I know I can't forget. One of my momma's favorite sayings was, 'we can choose to forgive every time we remember,'â€ť Smartt told the audience. â€śWe may not be able to forget about something, but we do have the power to forgive every time we remember it.â€ť
In addition to Smartt's words of inspiration, the 200 attendees were able to enjoy a three-course meal prepared by Moss Creek Ranch Chef Michael Stromberg. Beforehand, there was a health fair and expo which offered women information on ways to pamper themselves and improve and maintain their health.