Some things are never meant to be shared.
For instance, sharing a fear of sharp pointed objects with a good friend could lead to said friend trying to cure the fear by stabbing a toothpick into the flesh of one’s arm.
Or sharing a fear of spiders could lead to a lifetime of fake spiders showing up on the desk at work or school, or being dropped on one’s head when they aren’t paying attention.
Of course, some things share themselves. When a fear of spiders manifests itself through squeals of dismay at the sight of our eight-legged friends, it’s hard to keep it a secret.
Fears are best kept a secret and sometimes let themselves be known, but what about desires?
I’m sure a number of people have some desires that they want kept secret, and others have secret wishes they hope will never see the flash of night-time neon, let alone the glaring noon-day sun, because they are so odd.
Wanting to lick peanut butter off the toes of an African elephant while it tries to avoid being eaten by a Siberian tiger is a desire you probably don’t want your next-door neighbors to find out about.
But, the majority of desires are clean, wholesome and bring joy to the relevant masses.
Wanting to climb Kilimanjaro solo, and bringing down a sack of litter discarded by previous climbers; or planting one tree a day for the rest of your life to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide impact humans have; or discovering the cure for cancer and HIV at the same time are all great desires that you probably don’t care if your grandmother publishes on her Facebook page.
But even desires that are good, sometimes need to be kept secret. Take for instance the world of athletic acquisitions.
Ron Washington, the Texas Rangers’ general manager, probably didn’t want the rest of the baseball world to know of his desire to get starting pitcher and Japanese phenom, Yu Darvish, to sign a multi-million dollar contract with the Rangers.
It was a great wish to sign the future Hall of Famer, but not one he wanted other teams in the system to know about.
So, by keeping his desires somewhat secretive, not only did he succeed in signing one of the best up-and-coming pitchers in the league, he also pleased Ranger fans all over the world – and probably increased viewing numbers among Japanese fans.
In the fantasy world where I manage the best baseball team I possibly can, I have desires. A lot of those desires have to do with opposing managers’ players that I want to trade for, and spots on my team that I need to fill.
For the past week and a half, I’ve been in negotiations with the commissioner of my league to trade for one of his players that I really wanted.
After a great deal of discussion and back-and-forth offers, we came to the agreement, not for the player I wanted, but for a player I needed.
You see, by not making my true desire known, I was able to make him think he was giving up a lesser player from his team, to get what he thought he wanted from mine.
Time will only tell if licking the peanut butter off an elephant’s toes, and getting the player I got in trade, was the correct desire.