The Courage to Create Is a Beacon of Hope

In a time when hate sometimes seems more evident than kindness, it’s important to cherish the moments light is greater than darkness in your community.

For Paducah, KY, last month that light was shown through unity in a common goal: to build a

To create this jungle gym for growth, something had to happen.


Someone had to have the courage to create; to look at a blank lot and imagine what it could be. Imagine how it could benefit a neighborhood and unify a community.

The Rotary Club of Paducah alongside the City of Paducah came together and had the courage to imagine the possibilities and take action to create.

To create something, to inspire, to simply play… that takes courage. Why? Because it makes you vulnerable. You’re setting yourself up for possible failure or great triumph.

And great triumph was what this city saw when it came together.

In one week, more than 1,700 volunteers from Paducah and the surrounding area united on this one lot to create, so local kids could have a safe place to simply have fun.

“We only had days with all of the volunteers, with all of the materials here…We had to make it happen in that window of time and we did,” John Williams, Jr., former president of the Paducah Rotary Club, said.

This newly built playground provides kids from three different neighborhoods a place to play. But, unbeknownst to them, they’re developing skills. They’re learning how to appreciate the outdoors, they’re being challenged by their peers to use their imagination, and they’re learning how to interact with one another.

“The lesson here is that we can do this. We can come together for big, positive, forward looking things,” Williams said.

It could have stayed an empty lot. It could be filled with overgrown weeds right in the heart of the city. But, instead, those with Paducah pride stepped forward, came together as one for a common goal: building a beautiful park for the next generation.

Let this one instance of courage propel us forward to continue showing kindness, and being the instigators of innovation and change.

This event was more than building a playground. It was about building up a community, becoming an inspiration to all those with big ideas for making our city remarkable.

What will it take for Paducah, KY to be remarkable? What will it take for your business to be

To participate in the continuous process of innovation and growth. Never allowing ourselves to feel too old to have a little fun playing. Let’s be willing to play which is simply a free mind in motion, propelling us forward to create something worth remarking about.

Let our courage to create be the beacon of hope we all need to see.

**Innovations Branding House was proud to partner with the Rotary Club of Paducah on this community project.  At Innovations we love to play; feeding our creativity and encouraging each other’s innovative thinking. Partnering with Rotary on this project was just a way for us to help our community do the same. This is the culture we’ve cultivated because we know that’s the process for growth, both personally and in business.