Holding The Candle

Great story!


I love the story I first read in Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith, by Anne Lamott.

She writes about A.J. Muste, a life-long pacifist who, during the Vietnam War, stood in front of the White House night after night, for years, holding a lighted candle.

A one person protest, conducted near the end of his life.

One very rainy night, a reporter asked him, “Mr. Muste, do you really think you are going to change the policies of this country by standing out here alone at night with a candle?”

Oh,” Muste replied, “I don’t do it to change the country, I do it so the country won’t change me.”

I know it seems as if you and I bang our heads against the brick wall of consolidated radio group-think, which has, too often, turned what we love into a bland, boring, predictable blob of background noise, a product designed more to game a ratings service than to inspire passion in listeners.

But lighting and holding my candle is as much for me to remain true to myself as it is to change any over-leveraged, over-paid CEO.

You’re not standing alone.

And if it feels you are, call me. I will stand with you.