In the face of adversity, we can sit down and complain, or stand up and do something.
A couple of things.
Sitting down and complaining makes us complicit in the adversity. If it was not our fault to begin with, it is after we make the decision to merely sit there. It does not matter if we do it because we are desperate or because we have no clue where to start from.
Standing up and doing something is always possible, even after having sat down and complained for a while. It might be to late to manage the adversity, and in that case doing something is about taking responsibility, measuring the damages, showing a way forward.
One way or the other, it is an active choice we need to make.