Every other week I have lunch with my friend Jack. Jack and I both attended the University of Colorado – I on the Boulder Campus and Jack on the Denver Campus. We met during my last year at CU as we were both transitioning student leadership positions on our respective campuses and had a chance to work together for a year advancing student issues that we shared a vision for. We developed a really great friendship through the process and are still committed to a shared vision for our alma mater. When we get together we talk about the basics, what’s new, and how our various projects are progressing so that we may support each other. We also talk about what is broken and apply different philosophies as prescriptions. A couple months ago, around tax time, Jack and I met at Osteria Marco and shared a long lunch. We got to the topic of taxes and how we of course had to pay them – and then Jack used a metaphor that I have been thinking about almost nonstop for the past several months.