Sitting in church Sunday, I looked down and realized my foot was swinging back and forth and back and forth and back and forth like a pendulum on a neurotic clock. Now this might have been fine if I had been keeping time to a song, but no. I was supposed to be paying attention to the sermon. Instead my mind had wandered somewhere back in time. Or was is forward to the massive to do list waiting for me to tackle the next morning?
Body language is a tell. I don't play poker because my face is always a tell. It reveals things I don't want others to know about the cards in my hands. My shaking foot was a tell. Anyone paying attention would know that I was internally anxious or distracted. The problem was that I wasn't paying attention myself, until I looked down and caught that tell-tale evidence, my mind/heart distraction revealed.
I took a breath, stilled my fidgety feet, and brought myself back to the present moment.
We all have tells. What's yours? Hand rubbing? Frantic gum chewing? Leg shaking? Think about it. Identify it. Begin to watch for it. Then take a breath and bring yourself back from that anxious place to the present moment where there is grace and peace in the midst of even the greatest difficulty.