by Linda Franklin – The Real Cougar Woman
Prince Siddhartha, raised behind palace walls and showered with every extravagance, abandoned his protected life to embark on a spiritual journey. He ultimately reached enlightenment, and became known as Buddha-which means one who is awake.
Fast forward 2,500 years from the time of Buddah and meet Syd Arthur. Syd is a middle-aged woman living in the cloistered world of suburbia. She, like so many of us, is struggling with the myriad of issues women face today – everything from from diet fads, to the search for the meaning of life. Ellen Franklel, the author of Syd Arthur, takes us along on Syd's journey to find fulfillment within herself.
I loved this book, I loved the way Ellen beautifully details Syd's emotional struggle to find meaning and purpose. I found myself laughing as she visits the ashram in the Catskill Mountains, and crying as she loses a very dear friend and mentor. I felt like I was there with Syd as she lunches with the girls and when she spends a week in a silent buddhist retreat.
I spoke with Ellen Frankel before writing this posting and she is the real deal. She is a woman who understands the importance of searching for the best parts of yourself. I have been on a similar journey for over three decades and it didn't take me long to figure out this journey is never over but once you begin you won't turn back. Sometimes the lessons you learn are tough but the rewards more than make up for your commitment and dedication to finding what truly makes you happy.
Syd Arthur, is the perfect book for the frenetic times we are now experiencing. Global uncertainties are greater than they have ever been. The climate changes, the economy, terrorists, are all enough to conger up the worst fears in all of us. To survive this upheaval we cannot allow the external currents to rock our internal steadiness. When you realize you are stronger than your fears your world really does become much sweeter.
Read Syd Arthur and I'll bet you'll feel the strong connection to the lead character just as I did.
The Real Cougar Woman is a 5-carat diamond who knows the importance of taking care of her health, beauty, relationships, finances and spirituality. Linda Franklin says,"there is no stopping a woman who has a strong belief system, passion and a dream. All things are possible". Linda's book, Don't Ever Call Me Ma'am helps women of all ages tap into their power and live life to the fullest.