It's this: whenever I see it, I feel like I’m being encouraged to be dissatisfied with who I am right now. It works against my feelings of self-contentment. It works against my feelings of satisfaction. It works against my mindfulness. It makes me feel as though who I am right now is, well, just not quite good enough.
But more than that, it smacks of self-interestedness. It seems to me that this “potential” always seems to be linked with earning capacity and getting what you want through materialistic gains. It could be that I am being encouraged to reach my potential for kindness and grace and charity, but I find there tends to be a suspicious amount of vocational outcomes attached to these statements.
Don’t get me wrong. I fully believe in setting goals and striving to achieve them. It’s just that I’ve found that the most satisfying goals I’ve reached have always been around other people: being a good friend, being available, being kinder, being a source of support, sharing more, giving more, enjoying more…
Perhaps when I see that the ‘potential’ being called on involves reaching out to others, then perhaps it will perk my interest. For now, I’m quite happy just tootling along being me and relaxing in the feeling of inner contentment that comes with the continued gratefulness for the life that I have.