September 3, 2015 admin

PURPOSE: Vision

by Larry Ackerman

Westport, CT

I am Larry Ackerman and I am driven to help people to see. To see the futility of some actions and the power of others. To see one’s natural potential. To see the power and beauty of living according to who you are.

Where does my purpose come from?

I can recall being tethered to the operating table, canvas straps pulled snug across my chest and pelvis. I watched in terror as the gas mask was brought to my face.


When I was four-years old I underwent eye surgery to correct a muscle problem; I was born cross-eyed. Medically speaking, the operation was a success, but during that operation the course of my life was altered forever. To this day, I can recall being tethered to the operating table, canvas straps pulled snug across my chest and pelvis. I watched in terror as the gas mask was brought to my face. As panic welled up inside me, I asked myself a question, unconsciously: What is so wrong with me that I must be changed from who I am?  All I could figure was that my eyes were hopelessly flawed and, therefore, so was I. In that instant, I felt as though I was going to die. Suddenly, I had a conscious sense of being alive, a keen awareness of my own life.

Suddenly, I had a conscious sense of being alive, a keen awareness of my own life.

Then, I slipped away down a ‘black hole,’ my tunnel to freedom and survival. Ever since that experience in the hospital, “vision” has been the governing force in my life.

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