I fasted yesterday for hajj and it changed a lot.
Not on the outside.
On the outside all the problems still exist.
What changed is how I can view those problems.
I can see the day ahead of me as mine. My life is not a chew toy clenched in the sharp teeth of a playful dog. My life is something that was given to me by God and it's mine. Those who have been in my life and hurt me can't be my focus. I have to focus on the small tasks I can tackle which move me forward---even if by an inch.
I cannot stand still and wish for a better life if I do not move closer to God. And THAT is forward. Moving forward is not moving closer to a job, or money or posessions. It's got to be me improving my relationship with Allah.