When someone demonstrates patience, perhaps you would like to thank them. Thanking people in advance for their patience seems to be a way of asking them to be patient.
Sometimes patience is also requested of customers with “thank you for your patience” signs.
Patience: the ability to wait, or to continue doing something despite difficulties, or to suffer without complaining or becoming annoyed.Cambridge Dictionary
If you are thanking someone for their patience, it’s likely the last part of the definition that applies, whereas if you want someone to be patient, it’s more likely the first half.
- Patience is a desirable trait mentioned in the Bible many times. If you are a Christian, sending a note to another Christian, you may want to include one of the patience verses in your message.
- Acknowledging that there is an issue can be helpful when requesting someone to continue to be patient.
- If you are a business doing construction, you may want to write a longer letter or email explaining the situation. Sometimes more information and insight can help people have patience. The letter could also be printed and posted at the location.
Template for personal notes
Thank you for your patience with [whatever]. I appreciate your time and support. [Add a compliment or other sentence].
- Replace [words in brackets] as needed for your situation.
- Remember that it’s best to be as specific as possible. This template is designed for a typical thank-you note, which is usually two to four sentences. If you have a lot to say, you can write a longer letter.
- The examples below are the center section (the thank you message) only. If you are writing an email or handwritten note, please be sure to include the opening and closing. Read here for a more detailed description of each part of a thank you note.
Examples: Patience while learning something new
#1 Thank you for your patience with me as I learn [what skill/program you are learning]. I appreciate all of the time you have spent with me. I realize it is taking me a bit longer than others to know everything.
#2 Thanks for your patience and understanding while you teach me the new [program]. Your ability to repeat information in different ways is impressive. You’re the best trainer!
#3 I am thankful that you are helping me out so much with [new thing]. You are the most patient person I’ve ever met. Thank you again for offering to teach me.
#4 You are an excellent patient [friend/coworker]. Thank you for spending time to show me how to [whatever they are showing you]. I will be glad once I can do it independently. Thank you for never losing your patience with me as I ask questions to clarify my understanding.
#5 I admire your patience while training me. Thank you for your time and support as I learn the new process. You are a great mentor.
#6 Thank you so much for your time, expertise, and patience. I am grateful for all the effort you have put in teaching me [what they have been teaching you]. I will pay it forward when the next new person starts and show them how to do this.
#7 Thanks for being patient with me as I go through the training material. I will be so happy once I’ve learned everything and feel confident. Allowing me to ask all the questions I want has been very helpful.
Examples: Personal Patience Examples
#1 Thank you for patiently waiting for me to show up at lunch last week. Next time, I will plan better and not accept last-minute meeting requests. You are important to me, and I don’t like making you wait.
#2 Things have been difficult for me lately. Thank you for your love and patience as I work on getting my life together. I am glad we were able to talk last week and felt more confident afterward.
#3 I want you to know how much I look up to you. You seem to be patient and calm no matter what comes your way. Thank you for being an excellent example to the [team/family].
#4 Thank you for your patience in this matter as we work with the [lawyers/another party]. Of course, it’s taking much longer to resolve than we had hoped. We looked forward to a solution soon and will keep you updated as the process moves along.
#5 I am thankful to you for being such a great friend. Your continued patience means a lot to me as I work through [whatever you are struggling with or working on]. Someday this situation will be behind me!
#6 Thank you for your patience and understanding while I’ve been attempting to decide on [topic]. I appreciate you for listening and only giving input when I ask for it. You are the best kind of friend. I know we will both be happy when I finally make a decision.
#7 Thanks for all of your patience, love, and continued understanding as I changed my eating habits. The struggle to change my patterns has been difficult. Giving up some of my favorite foods is more challenging than expected, so I appreciate your support as I work on the changes and finding new, healthier favorites.
Letter template from business to customers:
Thank you for your patience as we undergo [renovations/construction].
Paragraph with the benefits.
Paragraph with any special instructions.
Paragraph with how long construction will take.
Say who to contact with questions.
Example: During Construction
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we complete construction at the store located on [Street Name].
Once the renovations are complete, the new floors, brighter lights, and layout will offer a better shopping experience. The pet department will be expanded to offer more items for cats.
During the construction, you may encounter times while either the west or east doors are closed. We apologize for this inconvenience while work is done near the entrances.
We expect the work to be completed by [Date].
If you have any questions, please contact: [Contact Name, email or phone number].
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