Hoarding: the Opposite of Bold
You may have run across that TV show Hoarders: Buried Alive on TLC, the one where a therapist helps someone dig out of their junk-packed rooms. Most Americans seem to wrestle with clutter these days, at least judging by the number of businesses and magazine articles devoted to solving the problem.
Hoarding goes beyond messiness to, for example, rooms packed shoulder-high with stuff. An estimated 1.5 million people in this country are "buried alive" to this degree. It's a difficulty linked with obsessive-compulsive disorder, which I write about on this blog. (Personal disclaimer: I do have OCD, but am not a hoarder. In fact, I'm fond of getting rid of stuff.)
Hoarding seems to me the opposite of bold action, in that it's wildly excessive preparation for the future to imagine that: I might need this some day! It's untrusting of one's resources, inner and outer, to keep a garage full of scrap paper that could come in handy if there were ever a shortage. I know that that's not necessarily the conscious thinking involved; but it's what the end result says to me. The message: I'm scared I'll run out.