In this week’s column by UTMB’s Dr. Victor S. Sierpina: One way we can monitor what direction our thoughts — and thus our lives — are likely to be going is to pay attention to our words. Do we speak words of hope, optimism, positive expectation, prosperity and health? Or are we talking about lack, disease and limitations, what a bad break we got, how we are somehow victims of circumstance or even of our own poor choices.