Yom Kippur has nearly arrived, and with it the opportunity to seek forgiveness. This is a day to listen - to the words and melodies of ancient tefillot / prayers, to the silent meditations of sanctuaries full of people in pursuit of teshuvah / repentance, to the whisperings of the spirit.
This is a day when our motivations come into focus, a day of transforming ourselves, when we put it all out there along with our fellow Jews for all to see. We confess together, in plural, in public: Ashamnu, bagadnu, gazalnu - we are guilty, we cheat, we steal - because we are all guilty. There is no point in hiding from yourself what you might have done wrong. Today is a day of truth, of listening to the confession of your soul.
Be honest with yourself! Prepare to be cleansed, and have a meaningful fast.