Changing Reality #48 #cong23 #reality


Our perception of reality is changed and influenced by many things but what’s real stays the same – or does it.

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Key Takeaways:

  1. Our senses help us experience reality
  2. Education changes perception of reality
  3. Reality can be distorted
  4. Dreams can be a gateway to alternate reality

About Ronan McMahon

I am a husband, father of 5 treasures, businessman and councillor. Born and always lived in Dublin. I love work, thinking, people and I love Ireland.

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By Ronan McMahon

Well, the theme for this year’s Congregation has perplexed my mind for the last number of weeks…..and still I have a difficulty in putting thoughts on paper (well text on screen). It has raised more questions for me than answers.

My first thought and source of inspiration was the internet. Isn’t it ironic that is where I head for initially – isn’t that the epitome of the opposite to reality!

When I think of reality, I think of something that I can use my senses to understand ie to see, to hear, to touch, to smell or to taste. I can’t use any of my senses to understand the internet. It is just “out-there”

Take it a step further and I ask myself the question, if I can’t see, hear, touch, smell or taste it, does that mean it’s not real? Or is it just not real for me and therefore not my reality.

Many years ago we had not got the equipment or technology to see things as they were, for example the infinite number of stars and galaxies in our skies – however they were real, we could not see them but they were there and therefore part of our reality – but not in our minds or the mind of people who lived 1,000 years ago. Which leads me to the point that, what we believe to be our individual and group reality is forever changing, but the reality is not. This changing perception has been and is being brought about by knowledge, experience, belief, thoughts and education.

We have heard the phrase that “dreams become reality….when thoughts become actions”. Dreams are not real, but they can give us a thought and a belief in something, which if we harness our motivation and others and take action, we can take a step closer to them becoming a reality, and eventually a reality. Again, this brings me back to the internet, which is a modern tool to help bring dreams to reality.

Another point I would like to make is that in a non-physical sense, Our reality is purely only a perception of reality. It may not be true, but if we believe it to be true, then it becomes our reality, but it may not be reality. And as we gain more experience and knowledge, it may change our perceptions and hence our reality – without anything changing except what we had believed.

In this modern world where we are bombarded daily by so much information and misinformation, real and unreal, our perceptions often change and hence our reality. We need to be mindful of this as a weakness in our makeup and be careful that we don’t rely on what we believe as reality, as if its real reality. The world has got so complicated with so much information available and thrown at us, that I wonder are we any better off than our ancestors, be it a century or a millennium ago, where their reality was less complicated and probably as close to real if not closer than ours is today with more perceived knowledge.

When the Covid pandemic hit, the one thing that struck me is the amount of people in Ireland who could continue to work – remotely. It was an eye opener to me to see the transformation, not the fact to see that it could be done, but what were these people producing – by sitting in front of a screen, tapping a keyboard, talking into screens, or clicking a mouse. What does the modern worker now produce? And these are real jobs. Society has developed so much that the number of people really producing something that we need is diminishing to a very small number. Perhaps the world needs a good reality check and who is brave enough to make a start?

And what does the future hold in this space, now with the advent and prolification of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the subject of reality is and will only get more complicated and harder to define. This is one aspect of the future, which I am not looking forward to and have my reservations about whether it is a positive for the world we are living in.

I think the subject matter “Reality” for congregation 2023 has thrown up more questions than answers for me, which I welcome, because there is nothing like a thought provoking subject to open peoples minds to their own and others reality.

The Purpose of Purpose #30 #cong22


A general mind wandering of my meaning of the word purpose.

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Key Takeaways:

  1. If you don’t know your purpose, someone else will decide it for you.
  2. For true happiness, your purpose has to be selfless.
  3. The benefits of having a clear purpose.
  4. Don’t let life be interrupted by your purpose.

About Ronan McMahon:

I am a husband, father of 5 treasures, businessman and councillor. Born and always lived in Dublin. I love work, thinking, people and I love Ireland.

Contacting Ronan McMahon:

You can connect with Ronan on LinkedIn or send him an email.

By Ronan McMahon

I deliberately took my time in putting my thoughts down on paper, so as I could think more deeply on my meaning and thoughts on “Purpose” And I am glad I did.

“To Live Fully”…. Well is that my purpose? And sure, what does that really mean?

I have spent most of my working life in a business environment and a company or an organisation need a purpose. Some organisations are well organised and spend lots of resources including time in defining their purpose. Once they have ascertained a purpose, they can have a vision or ambition as to what their purpose looks like, they ascertain their risk appetite and form a business model to achieve their purpose or at least achieve progress towards their purpose.

On an individual or personal purpose, as I thought about ones’ purpose, one has to be careful not to have it too rigid – to be fluid and I would even go as far as having it “not achievable or perhaps having various degrees of achievability”– because just like a company if their purpose is achieved what is the point of continuing in business, without redefining their purpose or coming up with a new one. In other words, you have to keep your purpose ahead of yourself.

It is good to have a purpose because if you don’t know where you are going, how do expect to get there. It also gives you motivation to keep going, especially when one meets hurdles or bumps along their journey.

In sports, teams and individuals generally have a purpose. Professional teams and individuals have a purpose of winning or being the best, and it’s generally measurable. There can be a wide spectrum of different purposes in sports and sports clubs – Health and Wellbeing of individuals, Fitness, Community building, Friendships etc

What is the purpose of a Purpose? Now that got your thinking…. Well again there are many purposes of having a purpose

  • Impetus – it gives you impetus to keep going
  • Justification – It helps you on your journey to do things that help you achieve your desire or purpose.
  • Goals – it helps you set goals or milestones along the way so as to keep you in the right direction and to keep taking smaller steps along the journey of life.
  • Motivation – If your purpose is clear and desirable, it will give you motivation to keep going. Making those hard decisions and sacrifices to achieve your purpose.
  • Clarity – it helps keep your objective clear and focused.

Having a life Purpose is important and the important thing is not that you achieve it, but the important thing is that you are steadfast in the journey to achieve it.

A purpose must be selfless, in order for one to be happy in the long term. Happier people are people who try to make others happier (and they realise that the happiness will come back to them anyway).

People who don’t have a purpose generally are floating and letting others decide what their purpose is in life. Like a boat floating on the oceans and just drifting and letting the tides, currents and winds take them in all directions.

I have heard people say “I don’t know what my life is all about?” – this is not a negative thing as it shows that one is thinking and perhaps searching for a purpose. If they keep thinking this, they will sub-consciously come up with a purpose for themselves, it may take time. (It doesn’t need to be written down and to have even consciously thought about one).

I hope I haven’t rambled on for too long. A final point – it is also important to make sure that Life is not interrupted by your purpose…

In essence if I was to sum up as to my ultimate life purpose, it would be,

“To make a lifelong contribution to leave this beautiful world in a better place than when I entered it, through small and big actions”

And participating in the 2022 CONGregation is certainly a contribution to achieving that purpose!