Wilting Complaints

One of my recent cartoons just appeared in the April Edition of the Church of God Newsletter. You can see it here.

It’s about complaining. When I thought of this idea, I was thinking how criticism can sap the life right out of someone while encouraging words give strength.

Wilted Complaints

Cartoon of two women next to a wilted plant. One woman says, "It's a valuable plant. When I complain, it wilts."

Cartoon of two women next to a wilted plant. One woman says, “It’s a valuable plant. When I complain, it wilts.”

Oh, it’s so easy to complain, isn’t it? Something doesn’t go the way I think it should, and the next thing I know, I complaining a blue streak. I get upon my throne and declare the way things should be. Naturally, the world would be a better place if everyone just listened to me!

But the world isn’t going to cooperate. Billions of people have billions of opinions. Many are legitimate concerns. When injustice and selfishness hurts other people, protests and complaints are legitimate.

But when things aren’t going to change, no matter how much I whine, there comes a point, when the complaining is as bad as the offense. Today, I’m going to look for one of those plants. Surely there must be one out there that will let me know when my speech is becoming less than helpful.

Like Christmas

Cartoon of a boy and girl. The girl is angry and says, "It's beginning look a lot like you'll ruin my Christmas!"

Cartoon of a boy and girl. The girl is angry and says, “It’s beginning look a lot like you’ll ruin my Christmas!”

The Sounds of Silence


Here’s an illustration of a woman ranting while a man wears ear muffs.

I’m thankful I’ve never had this problem. Still, whenever I’ve gotten on my lawn mower and donned the ear muffs, I’ve wondered what creative ways I could use them beyond mowing.

I drew this for Illustration Friday. This week’s word is “silent.”

Feeling Animated

Cartoon of two arguing girlsCartoon of two arguing girls. One says, “I am NOT upset. I’m just more animated than usual.”

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