Mygroup of choice is comprised of my colleagues and members of the carehome where I work as CMA. The group is made of a variety of people.They are all English speaking people. Most of the people are nottalkative they are people I would consider silent despite the factthat we interact with most of them at a professional level. The groupis made up six females and six males. They are all married and allmost them work in the medical field either as nurses or just peoplewithin the field. I happen to be the youngest and the member with theyoungest child. As all of them have children above the age of 12.
Thegroup has a strong sense of unity. It is the culture of the membersof the group coming together when one of them has a problem andtreating the problem as an individual problem for the variousmembers. The love for people and compassion is also another strongvalue that is common among the members of the group because we allwork at a care home. The welfare of humanity is one the things thatdrives the group. Noticeably, the people of this group have thesister-brother relations. That is people have a tendency of treatinga challenge as the problem of the community and not as anindividual`s problem. The group members keep on checking one anotherand also go to the extent of knowing the family members of the eachin the group.
Socializationactivities are undertakings that an organization does to engage oneanother on a more personal level (Schwepker, 2015).There are various socialization efforts that the group has put inplace to ensure that members feel comfortable. The group has setevery third Saturday of the month as the family day. On this day theindividual members of the group and their immediate family members goon a retreat which is ideally a fun day for all. The family day isalways set in quiet and serene environments, and the member goes anextra mile to hire kid’s entertainments such as bouncing castles.The children mingle and interact while the members and their familiesengage in team building activities. During these escapades, peopleplay games such as tag of war, racing, and other mind boggling games. These activities make the members very comfortable among themselvesthe members also get to know the family members of the colleagues andstriking personal relationships. Stoddard, Dotson & Das(2016) posits that it during such outdoorevents and team building activities that people comfortably exposetheir inner selves. Also, the group has monthly events where membersgo to do charity work elsewhere apart from the care home where wework. During this social work days, the members are required to workin groups no one is allowed to work alone. That aids in the groupmembers getting to know each other. It is during solving the tasks incommunity service that the members learn each other’s weakness andstrengths.
Thisgroup has helped me a lot in the self-realization process. As Xu,Liu, Wu, & Luo (2016) posit the process ofself-realization is never complete without the input of other people.Raina & Chauhan (2016) also explainthat there are various factors that can only be seen or viewed by athird party a friend or family about a given individual. Peoplearound a person can help them know some part of them they did notknow. In my case before joining the group I had low self-esteemissues probably due to past experiences. Nonetheless, through themany interactions with the group members my esteem has increased andsome sense of self-believe. I was also shy and could not address agathering of people. This was a major challenge that I had. Onrealizing this, the group members always put me on the spot by askingme to give the vote of thanks when we went out for social work. Attimes I was also selected to be the emcee of the family day outevents. These helped me a lot in improving my self-believe andimprove the interpersonal skills and my personality in general.
Thisgroup has helped change my view and thoughts of what a family is. Thetraditional meaning of family according to Hammond, Pearson &Holt (2016) is a group of people related byblood. Nonetheless, when I joined the group that definition wasrepealed. That is because the members of the group stuck closer to memore than family members were. They fought my battles as if they weretheir own. When faced with a challenge is always new talking to oneof the members, and I would always be sure they would always be therefor me. So based on my experience I changed my thoughts andperception of a family as limited to a group related individuals byblood to a group of people who sincerely concerned for one anotherwho loved each other despite their differences in race, tribe andother differences that one would see with their physical eyes.
Inmy observation, the society has done little or no impact on thegroup. That is because the group`s unity and formation are basedconcern for one another it is based on the common values of theindividuals that have done a big deal in ensuring that society standsthe test of time. The social group, on the other hand, has impactedthe society around it in various ways. As indicated above, the groupgoes for community service functions in the surrounding areas. Thegroup has severally gone to plant trees it has participated in walksand runs that target to raise funds for a good cause. That is inaddition to the group’s monthly contributions to the children’s’homes around.
Ichose the group because it is a group that I had spent quality timeand new would be the best to use in this project. Also, the values ofthe group connect directly with the concepts of personal growth andpersonal development. As viewed in the discussion above the group hasimpacted my personal growth and development.
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