445.Mother’s Words

I can GIVE you LIFE, but cannot live it for you.
I can TEACH you THINGS, but I cannot make you learn.
I can GIVE you DIRECTIONS, but I cannot be there to lead you.
I can ALLOW you FREEDOM, but I cannot account for it.
I can TEACH you RIGHT from WRONG, but I cannot decide for you.
I can BUY you beautiful CLOTHES, but I cannot make you beautiful inside.
I can OFFER you ADVICE, but I cannot accept it for you.
I can GIVE you LOVE, but I cannot force it upon you.
I can TEACH you to SHARE, but I cannot make you unselfish.
I can TEACH you RESPECT, but I cannot force you to show honor.
I can ADVICE you about FRIENDS, but I cannot choose them for you.
I can ADVICE you about SEX, but I cannot keep you pure.
I can TELL you the facts of LIFE, but I can’t build your reputation.
I can TELL you about DRINK, but I can’t say “no” for you.
I can WARN you about DRUGS, but I can’t prevent you from using them.
I can TELL you about lofty GOALS, but I can’t achieve them for you.
I can TEACH you about KINDNESS, but I can’t force you to be gracious.

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