As the new year begins, many clients are eager to make changes to relieve their suffering and bring more joy in their lives. There is an eagerness and sometimes an impatience for things to go faster. One client sadly shamed herself for not being able to do this work on her own and felt weak. The key to change is first, ACCEPTANCE. Acceptance of what is, how one feels and thinks, accompanied with compassion. Ironically, the more one can slow down and be with the present, the more likely authentic change is on the horizon.