I immediately begin formulating a plan and working on the problem. I can’t sit back and ignore them. If I don’t try to help myself, no one else will. I often write about issues that I can’t control or change. At least I can vent that way.
I do see writing as a way to change (and influence, though not control) things in the rest of the world. If I can’t do anything else, myself, in aid of a cause, writing about it may bring it to the attention of those who can.