Are you an optimist or pessimist?

Cartoon of an angry girl and a drenched boy

Cartoon of and angry girl and a drenched boy. The boy says, “You may think the glass is  half-empty, but I say it is half-full. At least it was before you dumped it on me.”

Have you ever tried to cheer up someone in a bad mood? Boy, I have! I’ve tried to tell a few jokes, act silly, even encourage them to join along. Usually it goes horribly. In fact, I’ve learned the best way to make a pessimist feel better is to allow them to get you down. They aren’t happy until they make you miserable. Misery loves company, right?

Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Do you want to spread a little sunshine to your friends or are you content only when everyone around you shares your gloomy mood?

I like to think I’m an optimist, but I find myself talking doom and gloom more often than I feel comfortable with. It takes more work to be an optimist. The news doesn’t help much and people love a juicy story about a fallen celebrity more than a story about someone walking the straight and narrow.

Yes, I’d like to think I’m an optimist. But If you’re in a deep funk, I don’t think I’ll try to cheer you up. I may bless you, but I’m not going to be your clown. After all, the good book has something to say about this:

Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Romans 12:14-16 (NLT)

 

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Interview with Church of God web site

Photo of me at the drawing table.

I draw a monthly cartoon for the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) newsletter. This month, Carl Stagner interviews me and picks my brain about being the man behind the cartoons.

One of the paragraphs sums up why I do what I do:

Humor can play a major role in encouraging broken people and inspiring spiritual growth. “The one thing I love about humor, if you’re dealing with a serious topic, humor can ease the blow, especially if it’s difficult to understand or explain. Humor helps us look at things from a different angle.”

Whatever you’re going through, I hope a cartoon or doodle on this site can give you a smile and maybe motivate you to keep running the race of life with endurance.

Blessings!

My Kid Said Blog

I came across the “My Kid Said” blog the other day. This is a fun blog for anyone who knows kids say the darndest things. Beside, you’ll see one of my older cartoons on this site.

Illustration Friday: Time


Illustration Friday: Time, originally uploaded by speartoons.

This poor worm is thinking his time is up!

I drew this illustration in Adobe Illustrator. The wig for the bird cost extra, but was worth it.