“In The Producers (1967), the opening scene features Zero Mostel as a cheesy, second-rate producer, reduced to wooing little old ladies to get financial backing. He is playing a racy little game with one of his elderly paramours when Gene Wilder walks in on them. Gene, playing an anxious accountant prone to panic attacks, freezes and starts hyperventilating. Zero, in a soothing voice (but with an underlying subtext of menace), talks Gene out of the room. He says “oops, just say oops, back out and close the door…”
Learning to "just say oops" is not easy but it is a prerequisite for moving forward, finding peace and simply enjoying our lives. Often, we silently, (and sometimes not so silently) we berate ourselves for every little mis-step, mistake or lapse in judgment. It may have started early in life by parents, teachers or siblings. When we grow up, we stand in for those people by judging, criticizing and bullying ourselves.
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