The Nine Facets are aspects of our self which may have been buried throughout our life, as we worked, cared for others, focused on the outside world, or simply self-neglect. They’ve always been there and simply need to be uncovered, rediscovered, and polished to allow our light to shine through. Mid-life is the perfect time to explore these aspects, allowing us to learn, develop and brighten the world in new ways.
There’s no time like now to create a fabulous rest and best second half of life. In my research, conversations with women and my experiences, I’ve identified the most significant nine facets. (There’s certainly many others I haven’t yet described.)
A brief description of each facet, common traits, and simple, interesting ways you can explore that facet. You’ll hear about women who’ve explored this part of themselves, their journeys, challenges and delights along the way. These stories are meant to inspire and encourage you.
I chose a diamond as metaphor because I think they are fascinatingly beautiful, individually varied and a miracle of time, place and change. No two are alike and are as unique as each of us. Diamonds are the hardest of substances, take billions of years to create from 100% carbon, under the earth from heat and pressure. They reflect the light of the world, as well as have a brightness and clarity of their own.
The word diamond comes from the Greek word “adamas” which means invincible or indestructible. Remind you of someone? Diamonds are also believed to protect the wearer from danger, give them strength and courage, as well as contain healing properties to cure everything from fatigue to mental illness. Men wore them into battle, as often as women wore them as adornment.
Diamonds exemplify the many facets we women have in our lives through which our light may shine. Over time in life, we lose parts of ourselves. Isn’t it time to rediscover those facets? Finding long buried interests and passions we once had to bring more light, brightness and pleasure into our lives.
The Nine Facets
Favorite Song: On the Road Again, Willie Nelson
Favorite Song: Imagine by John Lennon.