One of the fun times I have ever enjoyed as a staffer was sitting around complaining about how lousy the management was at making decisions. I use to think of it as comrades getting together to laugh and joke about leadership. Then one day I woke up with a realisation that as complainers we were making ourselves miserable by reliving a horrible situation that in most cases would never get repaired because bad leaders, to my surprise, only care about one thing, themselves.

Over the past year, it feels effortless to fall back into the ongoing rotation of complaining. Often…


Often, I have wondered why our minds remember so many things. In a single day, from the time that my eyes open from a deep sleep, my brain starts reminding me of things that I may have forgotten. As I look at the time on the face of my iPhone, memories start pouring out like mini reminders. It may start with a mental reminder that only 45 minutes are left to make the bed, shower, get dressed, make a cup of coffee, and head to the home office to prepare for that Zoom conference call. Then the entire agenda is…


I can honestly say that COVID-19 has taught me so much about life and about people all over the world. They may not know each other, or speak the same language, but one thing they all have in common is a strong desire to believe, even when fed a bowl of lies and misinformation, over and over again.

Every day, for almost 2 years, I have wondered why it’s so easy to believe a lie, instead of spending time reading, reviewing the data, and researching the facts in order to make a sound decision. Most people will blame social media…


Ever wondered what life would be like if we had the power to achieve everything we desired? When I stop and think about it for even a minute, it’s amazing how many thoughts and ideas fly around in my head and make me smile. Then just like magic, the reality of the unjust world that we live in raises its ugly head to reinforce negative messages that it will never be possible for someone living and breathing in skins of various colours.

There was a time when I would wonder what it must feel like to not be Black and…


Have you ever wondered what the face of suicide may look like as we go about our daily tasks in life? Most people don’t even think about it or fear having an open discussion with a loved one about their emotional state of mind. The difficult question is asking yourself if you have ever considered ending your life as a result of painful situations. Over the years when this topic would come up among my circle of friends, everyone would become uncomfortable and try to make light of the topic. We only need to look in the mirror to realise…


Just to be clear, this is not a post about forgiving others who tried to cut your throat or stab you in the back on purpose. It’s not something that I have ever believed in doing. When and if someone gets close enough to try to take advantage of me or pretend to be a friend, there is no need for forgiveness because they are considered dead in my book and no longer exists. My lesson in life today is about learning to forgive oneself when a mistake is made. Often, we can be harsher on ourselves when we make…


Instead of sitting in a corner dealing with feelings of anxiety, sadness, and a bit of depression, I decided to turn my restlessness into learning new things and enjoying everything that life has to offer. These feelings make me laugh because this was the way I looked at life before COVID invaded my view of the world. Funnily enough, COVID has reminded me to stop wasting time and get back to doing all the things that I love, setting new goals, and finding creative opportunities. Moving forward and exploring starts now. I see life as a cocktail of new adventures…


Have you ever noticed that with time and practice you are able to do something you never thought was possible? It could have been playing a musical instrument, learning to bake one of your favourite cakes, speaking a new language, or trying your luck at tennis or tango dancing. With practice, you can get better and it becomes easier each time you try.

As a boy, I can remember being told that I would never be good enough to compete with other children if they had white skin. Even at a young age I kept asking many questions because I…


Throughout my entire life I was told to always prepare for that rainy day. Ironically, no one ever explained how to prepare for that supposedly rainy day. So I started asking many questions, as I always do, about topics that I need more information about in order to do a better job. I actually found that most people, some in top positions, had no idea how to prepare, didn’t have a template for preparing and most had never encountered a real disaster.

Over the years I have experienced many disasters that have provided significant lessons in the way I handle…


Disappointments seem to be a part of our everyday life since I can remember hearing adults say it to each other with a sad or angry expression on their faces. I can also remember them saying it to us children. We weren’t sure what the word meant, but we soon learned that it wasn’t anything to be proud of. I never thought much about it until today and I stopped to ponder how and why do we set ourselves up to be disappointed over and over again, and is there a way to never be disappointed again?

As a young…

Mikael Wagner

Mikael Wagner is a communications project manager with focus in health promotion, public relations , marketing and focus group facilitation.

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