Waiting for peace is a tough task. We all yearn for the day when gun violence, war, and injustice no longer overwhelm our lives, yet many of us find ourselves holding out hope in the face of rising unrest and growing political polarization. Peace can feel like an abstract concept in the midst of upheaval, both in our society and in others around the world. But we must not forget that lasting peace can be achieved through small steps forward: respecting one another, seeing issues from different perspectives, building greater trust and understanding between people, and making progress on important causes. These foundations will bring us closer to our ultimate goal of true peace.