In case you were wondering in the clamor of contentious midterm election runoffs, endless and increasingly devastating California wildfires plus daily gun violence perpetrated by homegrown terrorists in schools, workplaces and faith communities, there are signs of hope. One recent example: the losing senatorial candidate from Arizona, Martha McSally, gave a grace-filled concession speech wishing winner Kyrsten Sinema well as she takes office in January.

Sen. Sinema will be the first female senator in the state’s history. What must have been a bitter loss for the well-qualified McSally did not keep her from showing true regard for her opponent and her country in her message to voters. That authentic gesture is a perfect example of how to bring the people of this nation back together in the face of huge differences.