From the February 2019 magazine.

Business is not a bad word

One member says that anything less than good business practice in AA is just untreated alcoholism

I have often heard in the Fellowship, “We are not a business, we are spiritual.” This sounds good, but when repeated over and over it seems to imply it’s OK to be irresponsible with our Seventh Tradition contributions. The way I read our Traditions and Concepts, nothing could be further from the intent of our spiritual principles.

Business should not be a bad word. Due to the many scandals we read about in the newspapers, most people associate business with some of the worst criminal behavior of the last 20 years. Business should bring positive thoughts into one’s mind; it should be honest, ethical, accountable and transparent.

-- Billy N.

Buford, Georgia

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