Thank You, My Recovery Friends


Wow! So many have responded and left a comment or two on my last post, Prisoner's Blues. I'm really touched. Even to the extent of sending me email so that her comments can be included. Thank you for all your supports. If I know anything, it's this. Our being together in recovery is the best thing that happen to us and I want that feeling of rightness intact and beautiful. I love you so much. I adore you all. You all have inspire me.

Let me introduce my new friend, our friend to our Recovery Blogland, Sharon. Head over to her blog now and give her a big welcome. She needed our supports and I'm sure she will welcome us with open arms.

Another great news, our friend from South Africa Shadow had came back from her holidays to her sister's place in Namibia. I'm sure she got a lot of interesting stories she wanna share with us.

As you can see on my WishList, I've written that I still owed a tagged by Shadow, six weird things about me. She tagged me last Sunday, December 10, last year in the year 2006. I wrote it on my WishList so that I don't forget. It is about time for me to pay up my dues.

So here goes the 6 weird things about me....

  1. Whenever I was given an assignment, I will do it at the last possible moment.
  2. Left-handed. In Malaysia it is considered weird. Whenever I do something, say like sweeping the floor, people especially the older generation will say I will not do the task properly just because I'm left-handed. They prefer right handed person to do whatever jobs.
  3. I love to use the word, 'nice'. "It's nice to see you." "Nice of you to see me." "Nice job!"
  4. I don't drink water while eating. Usually I drink warm water an hour or two after I ate, like lunch or dinner.
  5. My beloved wife say, while sleeping, I shall bent my right leg and I put my left leg on top of my right leg's knee, and I shall shake my left foot till morning. (Can't be verified. Just a hearsay - Author.)
  6. Whenever I go and visit other people's house, be it my relatives or friend's houses, the first thing I do is to find something to read. I shall read whatever my eyes view upon. It can even be a scrap piece of old newspaper! It will get weirder if that particular person has a book collection or library. I shall sit there till it's time to go home!

Phew! It's finished. Now it's my turn to tag someone. Before that, let me make it clear. Whoever I tagged are not under any obligation to write at all. This is suppose to be fun. It's up to you to play along. OK, I tag My Sista in Swing, SCoUt, YoSickMomma, LushGurl, and Inmatez Wife.

OK, now the rules - each player of this game starts with the 6 weird things about you. People who get tagged need to write a blog entry of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly! In the end, you need to choose 3 people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment on their blog that says they have been tagged and to tell them to read your blog!

As you can see, I have pull down PayPerPost banner from this Blog. I have decided not to use this blog to review other people's post. Should I wanna continue to earn any money while blogging, I shall create a new blog in the near future. I love this blog to be used in any other way. This is my personal Blog and one day it gonna be the flag-ship of my several sites/blogs, created as soon as possible.

As for your information, I did received a rather tasteless comment about my last post. It was posted on my other community site which I deleted as soon as I read it. I was quite upset to received an unkind and thoughtless comment. I was about to write about it, I mean ranting and raving my heart out about it. I don't know what really happened, I just clicked this link. I usually do my blog-stalking (borrowing LushGurl's word.) by eleven o'clock at night (my time) and I came this 'Get Out of Jail Free' post. I admit, I am a NUMB! It was a wonderful post written by one of our amazing friend, An Irish Friend of Bill.

Before the above post, she also posted another 'nice' lesson, the one that she told us about wrestling with the pig! I have immortalized two of her wisdom words on my right column sidebar. Below is just a small portion of her post;

Sometimes newer people in AA, think that there is something 'wrong' with them if they get upset by unkind to thoughtless comments. That if they just work their programme 'a little bit harder' they will somehow become IMMUNE to normal feeling responses.
That's not 'serenity', that's NUMB!

And here is another portion;

As part of taking care of myself I WALK AWAY from people who TRY to say toxic things to me. I simply DO NOT TALK to verbally attacking people. I do not know how NOT to be hurt by cruel words any more than I know how to NOT be hurt by a physical injury.
Unless you have a heart of STONE, (or are completely numb) cruel words will ALWAYS hurt.

And this one;

I do NOT try to 'convert' people to 'my way of thinking'.
It is NOT my problem, if they want to believe negative things!!!
I am under NO obligation to 'fix' them. Besides, it take FAR too much energy!

Below is An Irish Friend of Bill replied to my comment;

Well done Noor! Looks like you SUCCEEDED in practicing
"Never wrestle with a pig: You both get all dirty, and the pig likes it."
"Restraint of tongue and pen."
Which are BOTH pretty !! Difficult to do in the heat of the moment!
So well done! Gold star!
See, THAT'S what I call 'going to any lengths'!
VERY cool!

I wonder what's a 'Gold Star'? Thank you my Irish Friend of Bill for your encouraging words. I hope to be a better person and live a better life. What's a wonderful world to stay clean and sober with my wonderful Recovery Friends.

That's all for now. I hope you like the article below and U2's Where The Streets Have No Name.


Study: Addicts born, not made

LONDON (UPI) -- British scientists said new research suggests drug addicts are genetically predetermined.

The University of Cambridge researchers said some people are predisposed to drug addiction because of their brain wiring, The Telegraph reported.

Their work, which appears in the journal Science, indicated addicts seem to be missing receptors for dopamine.

"This is important because much previous evidence in human cocaine addicts has likewise found reductions, but it was impossible to know whether these changes predate cocaine use or emerge as a consequence of such use," Dr. Jeff Dalley of the Behavioral and Clinical Neuroscience Institute told The Telegraph. "The next step is identifying the gene or genes that cause this diminished supply of brain receptors."

He told the newspaper the research may lead to better treatment for drug addiction, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and pathological gambling.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International

Copied and pasted from ArcaMax


U2 Lyrics
Where The Streets Have No Name

I want to run
I want to hide
I want to tear down the walls
That hold me inside
I want to reach out
And touch the flame
Where the streets have no name

I want to feel sunlight on my face
I see the dust cloud disappear
Without a trace
I want to take shelter from the poison rain
Where the streets have no name

Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name
We're still building
Then burning down love
Burning down love
And when I go there
I go there with you
It's all I can do

The city's aflood
And our love turns to rust
We're beaten and blown by the wind
Trampled in dust
I'll show you a place
High on a desert plain
Where the streets have no name

Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name
We're still building
Then burning down love
Burning down love
And when I go there
I go there with you
It's all I can do
Our love turns to rust
We're beaten and blown by the wind
Blown by the wind
Oh, and I see love
See our love turn to rust
We're beaten and blown by the wind
Blown by the wind
Oh, when I go there
I go there with you
It's all I can do

Lyrics, courtesy of LyricsDomain.

Where The Streets Have No Name
By U2

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17 Comments thus far...

lushgurl said...

Good morning Noor...Oh My God , you crack me up!!! It must be hard when people use expressions that you don't understand...FYI 'a gold star' is like a stamp of approval, ya know, like saying nice job or way to go!
I think you are a freak (like me!!! LOL)I have already posted weird things about me, it was on my making a list post I think, does that count towards my tag? If not I'll have to search for a while to find other weird stuff about me...check back in about a month, as this could take a while LOL HUGS

lushgurl said...

Hi there , me again... we must have been commenting at the same time!!!
Told ya you were a freak like me LOL

Inmatez Wife said...

Noor, awesome post my friend!! As for the "other dude", I deleted him as well, and left it at that.
Thanks for the tag, my oldest laughed and said "only 6 things huh mom??" She thinks she is just so funny!!!

Scott W said...

Noor, to elaborate a bit on the gold star thing. When I was a small child my dad (he was a dentist) made a chart for us to brush our teeth by, a grid chart with the days of the week and 3 grids per day. When we would successfully brush our teeth there were these little glue backed gold stars. He or Mom would lick the back of the star and put it on our grid space for that brushing.

Today I have had a mysterious phantom commenter on my blog and on Sobriety Society. He goes by the name of Johathon and he spews hatred of AA and promotion of his religious views while claiming to be 21 years sober. I just deleted his comments and on Sobriety Society had to enable comment moderation. I will eventually turn it off. Like the literature says: Some are sicker than others.

Scott W said...

Sorry, he goes by the name of Patrick, not Jonathon.

Sober @ Sundown said...

Hi Noor,

Back in the old days when I was a youngster in school if we did well on our assignments we would get a little gold star stuck to the paper. They we the lick and stick kind that were about 1/4" or 5/8".

sharonsjourney said...

Hi Noor, Thank you so much for introducing me to your recovery blog friends. I got 3 more comments on my last blog....yea! I'm sorry you got that nasty comment. Good for you, for not commenting, I would have been temped to. But, love & tolerence is our code. I've come to the conclusion, after reading more comments, including yours, it's ok to wear my feelings on my sleeve, so I don't need any lessons anymore on how not to LOL. I am who I am. Not that I think I'm God. You now know what a gold star is. Isn't it fun to learn?

Michael said...

Good afternoon Noor, thanks for your comments and greatings from the UK.
Brilliant Post again, guess what Squeaky Chair is coming to see me at easter, well she said she wasnt 100% yet but well I cant wait.
I have suggested that we go camping for the weekend at a nearby village in the country.
Oh yes and I am on Day 4 without a ciggy, these nicorrette chewing gums really work!
and u must keep yourself busy so I done this index of all my stories

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting your 6 weird things, Noor Azman. I was beginning to think it was NEVER going to come off you "to do" list! Now....I was already tagged with that one and posted it back in December I think. Do I need to do another one? You let me know because I have WAY more than 6 weird things about me! lol!
I am sorry for the nasty comment left by "whoever" it is. But I am happy for you that you refrained from writing back. Ignored people go away quicker, I think.
Great post again, my Sultan of Swing.
And this has always been one of my most favorite U2 songs.
Peace and LOVE,

Ithoy said...

Good morning Bang Man..
It's been very nice [sorry for using nice..but it's nice..hehe] to see such appreciation you all share here.
I'm learning appreciative inquiry as my facilitation strategy, and what I've seen here today is almost all that I need.
Even when you reveal your wierd side, it ends up in appreciation.
I learned a lot.. Thanks

Shadow said...

hey thanks Noor! love your list. i'm also left handed, so let's be weird together... and that U2 song is amazing. takes me way, way back to a good and happy place.

Michael said...

Squeaky Chair gave me permission to post her piccy on my blog, so I have come and see!
Chairing the AA meeting last night really enjoyed it after all the worrying.
Day 5 without a cig

An Irish Friend of Bill said...

Heheh. Hi Noor! I've been laid up under the duvet after I 'pinged' a muscle/tendon/? in the gym and couldn't walk, so I've only just got round to strolling about and drinking mugs of STRONG tea. I can limp around now without too much difficulty!
Yeah. Looks like the others got gold stars too! We used to get them in the primary/ kindergarden school. When we did our homework, we either got a 'tick', a cute little sticky silver star, or if we had done REALLY good homework,.. a GOLD star! I always liked them, even though I dont think I actually got many!
Yeah seems you got a visit from patrick the LOON.
Over here we say people like that are 'a few sandwiches short of a picnic', or 'the stairs don't quite reach the attic'.
Ah well. Just delete stuff from that guy. don't even bother reading them. he is a TOXIC guy.
Hope you are having a GREAT tuesday!!

nawwaa said...

Hey Noor, thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your visits and comments. Later.

vicariousrising said...

Hello Noor! I am very dismayed that someone left nasty comments on your blog, but am very glad that you did not "wrestle with the pig." It really is better for your peace of mind that way, although when you are upset by the unkind words, it really is hard to be quiet. I know it is not easy for me. I am still very early in sobriety, and staying calm when people are hurtful to me and those I care about is very, very hard.

So, yes, you deserve a gold star. You deserve several gold stars. In fact, I think you ARE a gold star.

Christine said...


Michael said...

Ni Noor,
Have u ever read "The Celestine Prophesy" by James Redfield, I highly recommend you get it if you havent already!

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