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When Achieving Your Dreams Means Taking Big Risks

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The film "Field of Dreams" is both inspiring and hope-filled, gently challenging us to dare to dream again or, perhaps for the first time, and see where they might take us—risk and all! Perhaps you should watch it again for inspiration.


Has anyone watched the Kevin Costner classic, Field of Dreams, and thought to themselves this film has God all over it?

A husband and father, who owns a farm in the middle of nowhere hears a voice tell him, “Build it and they will come.” He then has a vision of the thing he’s meant to build—a baseball field—which he does and thus begins a wonderful story about following your dreams.

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Field of Dreams is rich in allegory and metaphor and we strongly suggest you revisit it or if you haven’t seen it before, renting. You won’t be disappointed.

At the heart of the film—besides dreams being fulfilled—are such fundamental and wholly relatable themes like redemption, taking risk, trust and believing for the impossible.

After all, do you know of anyone who at the end of their life said, ‘I wish we’d played it safer?’

Kevin Costner plays the role of an ordinary guy with an ordinary job who’s haunted by a feeling that life is just going to pass him by—does that sound familiar? The moment he hears the voice and sees the vision he’s faced with a choice, should he take a risk at the expense of others calling him crazy—Noah anyone? Or just continue growing corn?

The great thing about Field of Dreams is it doesn’t lambast the normal life. Yes, it examines the motives a person might have for wanting a normal life but it doesn’t demean it and neither should it.

The film also poses the question, if you’re asking for your normalcy to be interrupted are you willing to take the risk necessary in order for your life to be potentially turned upside down?

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We can all say, yes, but what if that means selling your home, moving to another country or being derided by your friends and family. Risk has to feel uncomfortable and requires some kind of sacrifice, which is well depicted in the film.

Ultimately, Field of Dreams is an inspiring and hope-filled film that gently challenges the viewer’s mindset to dare to dream again or, perhaps for the first time, and see where they will take you. After all, do you know of anyone who at the end of their life said, “I wish we’d played it safer?”