Dr. Carl Couch, of the Baylor Healthcare System, recently enrolled in our Winter 2016 Fellows Program, which starts with a 2-day Launch Event. This was very special for us because Dr. Couch was actually a member of the very first Launch Event we ever did nearly ten years ago. To have him back was a reminder of where this work started and how far it has evolved.
Having successfully completed the Halftime program before, Dr. Couch was able to provide some mentoring for both the other attendees and even our coaching staff. He has a fresh perspective on the idea of finishing well. He talked about starting to think about a “third half” given he’s in good health and believes he’ll have productive years beyond 80.
As we do for all Halftime Fellows, we gifted Dr. Couch with an original painting, inspired by his Halftime Journey. In designing it, I started with a core idea from a story he told after a traumatic experience many years ago. . He remembered falling to his knees in church one day and professing, “I want You to be in charge” to the Lord.” This moment had a profound effect on him.
I recreated that image, but used a silhouette that was more representative of Dr. Couch now, as a fully grown man. The numbers I painted on the image, 1 – 2 – 3, represent the fact that Dr. Couch attended the FIRST ever Halftime Institute Launch Event, was now back to experience a SECOND through the Fellows Program, and had begun to think about the possibility of the THIRD half ahead of him.
Finally, we see a crowd behind him as he kneels. This is to signify his passion for working with others all throughout his career. The crowd is depicted in the colors of a wide open sky. It’s a signal of how much pure potential Dr. Couch has in his outlook.
Dr. Couch was pleased to share his appreciation for the Halftime Institute saying, “Bob Buford and the first half time experience has shaped the last 15 years of my career. I feel blessed to use the wonderful resources of the Halftime Institute and the great cohort that I am with to envision God leading the next “half” of my life.”
May we have such a positive, wide-open perspective. And may we all live to experience a third half.