As citizens, we have a tendency to exaggerate information: it's a human quality.

Be careful what you exaggerate and with whom you share it because it can return to haunt you, or as the saying goes, it can "bite you." That's just my age speaking.

Today I was thinking of all the unfortunate "stuff" that happens to people and how we choose to share how bad our state of affairs is today. I heard Joel Osteen say that the situation or events that are taking place are happening "for you," not "to you." I absolutely love his positive take on even the darkest of circumstances.

I am a devout Catholic, but I still immensely enjoy watching and listening to this best-selling author. Osteen is the son of a Pentecostal preacher, but has the charm and charisma that promises success in any chosen field. He is at the top of his game as a Christian motivational speaker. He leads one of the largest congregations in Houston.

Not that he needs my endorsement, because he lives in a million-dollar home, but I will endorse him because of his brilliant speaking skills that encourage the positive approach or path in any situation for any human being. He is such a joy to watch.

Check his Houston headquarters' sermons via cable television on weekends. See TV program listings for your area. Joel has great timing for humor and adds good looks to his all-American personality. He is a success in every sense of the word.

Why not strive for that success? Life getting in the way? Yes it does. However, be aware that Joel Osteen's glass is not only half-full, it is overflowing with success. He is a great role model. Check him out, give him a listen.

Now let's talk about birthdays. I have three siblings who share the same date of birth, but in different years. This can lead to a comedy of errors. One month, it was my brother's birthday and I got a card and gift for my sister, two months early. Then it was my other sister's birthday and I called the wrong sibling and left messages on both of her phone lines. One of my sister's suggested senility. I replied that: "I can't remember what that meant."

What does this all mean? It means that we are aging, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The alternative is that final resting place, wherever that may be.

Yes, death. All of a sudden, getting older and being in pain becomes secondary, if you really think about it. The sign of life is pain. When you stop feeling pain, you stop living your life as we are meant to live. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying be a glutton for punishment. I am just saying let us not be discouraged by the pain that we have to endure during our daily living.

Focus, do what Joel Osteen does - look on the bright side and follow your dreams by being the best that you can be at whatever you are passionate about in your lifetime.

Joe-Santos Medina is a resident of Robstown. Readers may contact him via email at