Thanks and Gratitude are two different things: Gratitude is a process and a Way, thanks is immediate and specific. Gratitude requires thanks, but not thanks alone. Let us begin our practice of Gratitude with a prayer of Thanks:
Thanks for friends, both old, new, and as yet unmet.
Thanks for energy and purpose.
Thanks for our sentience.
Thanks for the sun rising and setting.
Thanks for the love that surrounds us.
Thanks for all that sustains us.
Our list of thanks is endless; hence our ongoing practice of Gratitude. Blessed Be, and Amen.