A decade ago, I had a Chicken Little moment. But instead of an acorn falling, it was an oscillating ceiling fan.

On an ordinary weeknight, I set out to take my daily nap at around 6 in the evening. But after minutes of deep sleep, something woke me up. When I turned to look at the clock, I was surprised that I had only been sleeping for fifteen minutes. Late nights out had turned me into a daily napper and I sometimes drifted to sleep for as long as an hour. But instead of heading back to sleep, I had a sudden urge to go to the bathroom. As I washed my face, I heard a loud crash.

My mom was downstairs and yelled, “What was that?!”

I returned to my bedroom and turned on the light. Still groggy and half-asleep, I was suddenly jolted awake by what I saw. The heavy wooden ceiling fan that used to hover over my bed had fallen on it and was now spinning on the floor. As I looked up I saw that the wires that once held it to the ceiling was now severed. I was still shaken when my mom ran up to see what had happened. “If you were asleep, it would have fallen on you,” she said.

I didn’t think the world was coming to an end like Henny Penny, but it was a life-changing moment. To this day, I don’t know why I woke up or what would have happened if I kept sleeping. But the experience made me grateful and served as a reminder to listen to my inner voice.

This week we have a few posts that share this theme whether it’s in a mom’s intuition that something was wrong with her son or a woman’s courage to transform her shame of mental illness into self-acceptance. Hope they encourage you to find your own inner voice.

8 Real World Marketing Strategies from Successful Therapists

(Private Practice Toolbox) – Need help marketing your private practice? Take the advice from these experts who have successfully marketed their own businesses.

Autism, Schizophrenia, and Nutrition: Ants in My Brain

(Therapy Soup) – In part two, you’ll read about the riveting true story of a mother’s journey to find help, support and the correct diagnosis for her son.

Voices: Using Mindfulness to Break Free from the Shame of Mental Illness

(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – It’s difficult to come out about your mental illness. But whether you have or haven’t shared your secret, you’ll appreciate the courage it took this woman to face the shame and stigma surrounding her illness.

It’s ADHD Awareness Week…Who Knew?

(ADHD Man of Distraction) – In honor of ADHD Awareness week, blogger Kelly Babcock’s sharing a few resources to help you celebrate by spreading awareness and information about ADHD.

How to Savor Positivity and Experience More Joy

(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – Maybe big trips and special outings don’t do it for you anymore. If the things that used to bring you pleasure are now looking dull and boring, take heart. This post will help you find pleasure and joy again.