With a background as a professional chef and international athlete, Thai finds motivation to write because of the power words have to evoke positive changes and enrich people’s lives. You can follow his work here, or check him out on Facebook .

There are over 7 billion people in the world. A single trait sets a small handful apart; celebrated and emulated individuals have earned something more valuable than gold. Aretha Franklin knows the answer— R.E.S.P.E.C.T. You can command obedience, you can cause fear, you can buy services, but respect?—You’ve gotta earn that. It’s such a heavy word, filled with reverence and awe. Like an oak tree, it doesn’t grow overnight. But intentionally and mindfully living in…