1. What is social work for me?
You need to define this very carefully. I hereby define it from my perspective. Social work is a task, job or any deed be it physical or virtual – done without expectations. It is a selfless activity getting nothing but a smile or a peace at someone’s heart in return. It is an investment you do with an expectation of zero returns. It is a deed you do as a portrayal of goodness in you
2. Why do I do it?
You do not get rich financially by doing it, but you certainly don’t get poor either. What you gain by social work or taking up a social responsibility is respect, you gain the respect of people you serve. I have felt this very often. There were moments in my life which made me realize that I should do it often. Just try to provide food to a person in need – a meal would not cost you much, but it will be a treasure for the person in need. Just watch the person being satisfied with the meal and believe me you are going to do it often thereafter. It’s not just this one way to work for a social cause. You can find the one which suits you. This is about you as an individual – a common man.
Serving the society has it’s own benefits in the society. As organizations or as the bosses, you hold a responsibility to serve the crowd for social causes too. There are many examples of organizations working for social causes today. For instance you could consider giants likes Microsoft Inc, Facebook Inc, Tata Group – what is common among them is that a huge part of their income is diverted towards their NGOs. Each organization works for social causes like serving NGOs build online presence, upbringing of backward communities, donating to and helping welfare societies to survive etc.
3. What have you done for the society?
A very important question to myself – What have i done?. Talking about me, I have served NGOs monetarily, I have tried to help the needy with meals, clothes and useful items, I have tried to use my skills for social causes like tutoring, website development for NGO, served as volunteer for social causes, participated in events for social causes etc. However, it has never really been important about what I did. I have done almost anything that can make me happy by seeing others happy. Throughout my life, I have tried to understand the really needy people whom I should serve, I’ve tried to approach organizations working effectively for a cause and tried to help them gain recognition,donation as well as reputation as an NGO.
4. How will serving the society help me?
Always remember, Serving society will never make you any less than what you are. However, if you feel serving is not something you should do, you are not made to lead the society. Now coming to the selfish mind that each human has got – How has it helped me? Will I really earn no materialized gains? – My experience says that it turns into indirect material gains on its own. However, never try to evaluate how the social work will turn into material gains. It is not that all such work converts.
Just presenting an instance, I worked for several NGOs – one referring the other and so on. Time came and I met this one NGO owner, a person who highly praised my work for the cause. The person is not just an NGO owner but is associated with several other people. This was when I was suddenly bombarded with projects of 3 clients.
It is not about money or clients that I wish to convey, all I wish to convey here is that how the social deed got converted into an indirect benefit for you. This is not because I deserved it but this is because my deeds had that impact on the society.
In a similar way, if you really wish to progress in life, never hesitate or think about returns for doing a task which in real sense is for the betterment of the society.