Perhaps you desire to have more balance in your life, or more peace of mind. Hold this aspiration near to you. Whenever you have the opportunity to take an action, speak words, or pursue a thought, ask yourself, “Will this bring me closer to having more balance/peace in my life?” This is what respice finem means: Consciously choose your desired goals, and apply that understanding to how you place your energy and attention in this present moment.
“Respice finem, that is to say, in all your actions, look often upon what you would have, as the thing that directs all your thoughts in the way to attain it.” – Thomas Hobbes
Aspire to good things. Defy labels. Reach for new heights. Keep the goals you wish to achieve ever in your mind, while continually returning to the present moment, because it is in this present moment alone that we have access to both the pleasure of living and the power to act. Make small progress every day toward your aspirations, and even the shadow you cast will be amazing.