At 8 a.m. many retirees are just getting out of bed, or turning over for one more snooze, but not Helena Jordan Johnson. She is making her second lap around Lake Ashburton in northwest Baltimore.
When asked about her busy schedule Helena says her philosophy is, “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it!” She says that she decided to follow this theory after observing others voluntarily stop performing tasks before ultimately losing the ability to perform the task. “If you stop, you get to the point when you can’t do it anymore. The sooner you give up, the sooner you won’t be able to do it. You can’t stop. You have to keep busy. I can’t do things as fast as I used to, but I keep on plugging along.”
Very wise words from a very wise woman. You try keeping up with her.
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Deacon Willard Witherspoon, S.F.O. serves at St. Peter Claver and St. Pius V in Baltimore.