People Can, People Do

“About what do you worry?”

“About what is there not to worry?”

I point to the pictures of scars in the landscape from the machines we’ve created in the name of progress.

I point to the grief of a child, estranged from family, friends, food and a future as she sits neglected in a camp the world is too afraid to discuss even at a presidential debate.

I point to the bees that did not survive the winter, huddled together, frozen in time, the only testament to their short lives.

I point to the demonstrators wanting nothing more than for their life to matter.

I point to the report which conclusively states that it was a missile that brought down a passenger plane.

I point to the couple arguing who can only find a solution to their problems in the depth of the liqueur that destroys them.

I point to the fluorescent pool of stagnant water, afraid to know what has caused it.

I point to the mountain of bills that keeps potential and creativity locked inside the vortex of paid labour.

I point to the debris of aspiration, hope and joy.

“But worry is but an expression of compliance.”

I furrow my brow, confused.

An image from the catalogue of my mind emerges.  I’m worrying at a maths problem and can’t let it go until the solution magically appears before me.  Later in my life I’m alone, have no more than pennies in my pocket and no place to stay.  By the end of the day, I have made a new friend who feeds me in exchange for nothing more than conversation, gain a live in job for the summer and a £10 note shuffles at my feet, the breeze capturing its crumpled corners teasing me to catch it first.


Even poppies grow midst desolation and destruction


In every problem lies a solution.

The furrowed brow becomes uncreased, replaced with the dawn of realisation.  Worry doesn’t solve problems.  It keeps you complicit in their escalation.  But hope is radical.  Problems present an opportunity to be great.  People can, people do.


Inspired by Calen’s Sandbox Challenge No. 57 (or 2 of the second book):  Hmmm that could be a problem.

For a journey of self-discovery, feel free to jump in at any time.

Featured Image: A composite of photos of “Poppies: Wave”. This sculpture is one of two which comprised the “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red”, an installation that initially showed at the Tower of London.
Poppies: Wave was on display at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where these images were taken.









20 thoughts on “People Can, People Do

    1. The only thing that ever made me truly worry was not having money when the kids were younger. I feel like I recognise that chewed inner lip expression in others – and it’s how am I going to cover this bill and get Johnny new shoes? But when I think back now, I did a lot more with my kids as a family and opened them up to many more experiences than I managed to provide when a ‘provider’. The emphasis changed from doing to having. Now I try to worry at a problem rather than about a problem, if that makes sense?

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      1. If I may interject – what I do is to figure it out, work out why the problem exists in the first place and tackle it from that angle. I never let it get the better of me or to manipulate me into the malaise of acceptance. Most, if not all problems that I ever encounter are usually caused by myself anyway. I didn’t prepare well enough, bad planning, wasn’t paying attention, too lazy to bother, putting it off for another day, hoping it will go away – the worst ever mistake to make etc etc.

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  1. Beautiful and brilliant, Safar. Thank you.

    Loved the ending : Worry doesn’t solve problems. It keeps you complicit in their escalation. But hope is radical.

    Wise words indeed. love and hugs to you xx

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    1. And in return Debbie! I have to admit, it’s not entirely original, but I came across a quote that said that cynicism is a form of obedience, it’s rung around in my head since. I’ll see if I can find the full quote to give it its context.


  2. This is a truly lovely piece of writing, thoughtful, thought-provoking, and wise. As for: “But worry is but an expression of compliance,” I’m not sure how I ‘ve managed to live for over sixty years without realising it, though perhaps I was too busy worrying to be able to think with any clarity.

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    1. “I was too busy worrying to be able to think with clarity.” Absolutely no doubt about that, the ol’ cortisol isn’t that good to the hippocampus and its working memory functions. It’s quite liberating to have the realisation though!

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  3. I worry about …. nothing other than will I have enough money left at the end of the month for the electricity bill after having gone mental again shopping on Amazon for CDs & DVDs!


    1. Yes, we were lucky that a portion of the installation came our way. I love how it was set over the weir. The sculpture park beautifully set, I like visiting it from time to time. If you’re ever Yorkshire way, I recommend it, but bring strong shoes or boots unless the height of summer!

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