I accept others’ eccentricities, idiosyncrasies,
oddities, foibles, peccadillos, vagaries, quirks,
even (and especially) their mishegas.
Find it alluring, endearing, engaging,
appealing, intriguing, beguiling, captivating;
part of their charm.
I have a double standard – in myself,
eccentricity is insanity, oddity is odious,
idiosyncrasy is idiotic, foible is a flaw,
quirks are disquieting, vagary is vicious.
It’s distasteful, hateful, loathsome, detestable,
My double standard flows through to
positive personality traits – others’ are to be
celebrated, cheered, lionized, praised, proclaimed.
Mine are imagined, spurious, fabricated,
fictitious, fraudulent, phony, fake, fetid;
smoke and mirrors.
Radical acceptance, I’ve been told, practice
radical acceptance. Mishegas, I say.
(I am also judgmental…)
I’ve decided to participate for the first time in #blogElul, which I have followed for a few years. I’ve never had the courage to get my feet wet – this year, I’m jumping into the deep end of the pool! Check out some of the amazing themed posts geared around the work and joy of Elul – of introspection and reflection in the days leading to the High Holy Days (Organized by Ima Bima.) You can read last year’s and this year’s #blogElul posts via the Elul tag.