A teaching from Rabbi Alan Lew, Z'el:
Shabbat Shuvah: For ten days, the gates of teshuvah are open and the world is fluid. We are finally awake, if only in fits and starts. For ten days transformation is within our grasp. This is not a linear process, not something that takes a clear nor even discernible path. But the gates are in fact open, and if our intention is aligned with this spiritual reality, then transformation also opens as a real possibility, even if it doesn't manifest itself right away.
Source: Lew, Alan. This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation, 2003