The moment that Israel takes shofars and blows the tekiah, God rises from the throne of judgment and takes a seat on the throne of mercy. (Pesikta de-Rab Kahana, 23:3)
It is said that each person is their own harshest critic. Just as sounding the shofar moves God from the throne of judgment to the throne of mercy, Elul offers us the chance to move away from critical, self abasement to candid, empathetic self assessment. As we prepare for the holidays, be kind to yourself. If God sits on the throne of mercy, why shouldn’t you as well?