The purpose of a fast day, whether or not you are actually fasting, is to bring you to do teshuva, to change, to do something different.
The Bais Hamikdosh was destroyed because of sinas chinam, baseless hatred. Because people had negative feelings towards others for no real reason.
"She gets on my nerves."
"I can't stand her."
"She knows just how to push my buttons."
"I'm embarrassed to be seen around her."
But...what about when you do have a reason to hate someone?
What about when you have negative feelings towards someone who hurt you?
When you keep all your hurt inside, it will continue to bubble and boil until that pot of emotions overflows and explodes over one last straw.
It is important to learn how to deal with those emotions.
How to deal with difficult people that Hashem put into your life for a reason.
How to express those feelings so you could make things better.
Express how you feel. Tell the other person that you are upset, hurt or angry. But if you do it in the heat of the moment, they will probably have a hard time hearing you. If you wait until things are calmer, there is more of a chance of working through what is bothering you in a way that is productive...with both of you being open to hearing each other, without any of you feeling defensive or under attack. A calm conversation leaves more room for open communication.
And when you focus on how YOU feel, instead of on what the other person did wrong, you are helping the other person learn you, learn your needs and what makes you tick. Instead of them feeling like they are in the wrong for what they did, you are making them aware of what things hurt you. What things bother you. And then they could focus on doing things differently next time. Because its about making you happy. Not hurting you. Being in tune to your feelings.
Relationships are complicated.
People are complicated.
Life is complicated.
But you can learn some tricks and tips to work on making the complicated things in your life a bit more bearable. When you have tools in your hands, when you know how to deal with challenging situations, you will feel empowered to keep trying, to keep going, keep learning and keep growing.
And that's exactly what we are here for.
May you be able to work on keeping things peaceful with those you love and are close with and may you find the right path to achieving harmony among all those you come in contact with.
Have a meaningful fast!