If I were brutally honest, could I truthfully say that my preparations during the month of Elul were considerably superior to my normal avoda throughout the rest of the year? Although there may be a few additional practices here and there, can I really say they are all substance and not just form; having the appearance of piety?
The vast majority of my physical preparations for Rosh Hashana have already been accomplished and yet I feel as if I have not even begun my spiritual preparations.
Perhaps this impossible, though. For to be properly prepared for Rosh Hashana one must be prepared to leave this world and enter the next.