“It could have been worse.”
“I could have done better.”
One lets you off the hook, the other accepts responsibility.
TWO STRATEGIES. WHICH ONE ARE YOU? OR ARE YOU BOTH? ONE IS A NON-STARTER. THE OTHER A GO-GETTER.
Yes, no matter the occasion or the incident we can always say we could have done better. And we can always say it could have been worse and there would be no lies here.