I believe all of us have heard a voice, perhaps “The Voice.” The Voice may or may not have sounded like the one in Field of Dreams. It may have been a voice we recognized; it may have been a family member, it may have been a woman or a man, but we have all heard The Voice. Field of Dreams is a movie about many things, including Baseball, Family, Dreams, and more. None are more important to me than The Voice.
The first time the movie was on network television, I heard The Voice. My grandparents were soon having a 50th wedding anniversary celebration and the family had asked that no one bring gifts. Since gifts weren’t expected or requested, I hadn’t thought much about giving them anything. The Voice told me to go write them a letter. Now. At 11:00 pm on a Sunday night, when I had to get up early to go to work. I went in and wrote the first draft of a letter that I ended up reading to them at their party, in front of many family members and friends. It was a way to show my love for them, by telling them how my life is different because of them.
Following The Voice in this instance wasn’t especially hard nor did it lead to the kind of changes that Ray Kinsella’s Voice did, but it was important for my growth, and in the end, valuable to my Grandparents.
When we hear The Voice, I believe it is always for the greater good, even if it doesn’t seem as such at first. Listening to, and taking action on The Voice’s words is a habit, and when The Voice gives us “easy” tasks like writing a letter it is an opportunity to practice our listening skills. Townsfolk and family members declared Ray crazy, for doing something that well, seemed crazy! He was laughed at and rebuked in his community, and came within hours of losing his farm, his business and his home.
Ray had every reason not to listen to the Voice. And many times so do we.
Our history books are full of people who heard The Voice, listened, and acted. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Disciples of Jesus, the Founding Fathers of the United States, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Christopher Columbus, Florence Nightingale.
These people, with their faults and foibles, all heard and listened to the Voice and made our world a better place. As important as these famous people and their actions are, the people you know and that live in your community (or your household) who have listened to The Voice to help themselves and others around them, are just as instructive.
We hear a voice, or see the vision as Ray did, picturing the ball field in his cornfield, but we don’t listen, we don’t act. Usually the voice I hear is more clear than was Ray’s – I’ve been lucky. That doesn’t mean the choices are easy, or the outcomes assured.
There have been times I have listened, and times when I haven’t. Often when I haven’t listened, The Voice became more persistent – forcing me to listen and ever urging me to act.
Your spiritual background and beliefs may give you a name for the Voice. You may call it God’s Voice, Allah’s Voice, your inner knower, your Mom, your conscience, or something else. We all are tapped into this spiritual power – and hearing The Voice is one proof of that fact. To me the question isn’t whether we hear the Voice, it is whether or not we listen.
“If you build it he will come.” “Ease His pain.” “Go the Distance.” These are the words The Voice said during the movie. The movie, through it’s story, gives us the answers to these initially puzzling requests. The question the movie doesn’t answer is, “What words am I hearing, and what am I doing about it?” “What is my Field of Dreams?”
Questions worth asking and answering.
Here’s to you finding your field of dreams,
by Kevin Eikenberry © Copyright 2000, the Discian Group. All rights reserved.