"Ideals are very important in one's life. Without ideals you cannot move -- whether you achieve them or not is immaterial. But one must try and approximate them." --- His Holiness the Dalai Lama
What is your ideal? What do you want people to say about you when they are talking about you while you are out of the room? I want people to know I am honest. I want them to know I tell the truth. Sometimes people can't hear the truth - they don't want to hear it. But it doesn't mean you shouldn't tell the truth because you are afraid people will misunderstand or not hear you. Tell the truth. Even if it "rocks the boat" or even if other choose to believe an untruth. Don't tell a lie or a half-truth or insinuate something that isn't true just to cover your ego building. Telling the truth creates good karma.