What the Movie “Butter” Taught Me

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Last week I was relaxing and decided to watch the movie “Butter” (It’s on Netflix). It’s a quirky comedy about a little girl in foster care, who decides she wants to enter a butter-sculpting competition at the state fair.

She goes up against the wife of the local butter-sculpting hero and hilarity and rivalry ensue. It’s a very sweet, funny, and touching comedy. There was a part that I found especially wonderful and I wanted to share it with you.

It takes place in the car outside of a lodge where the main character, a little girl by the name of Destiny, is about to sign up to enter the butter-sculpting contest. Her foster dad, Ethan gives her the pep-talk which ends up being the opposite of positive thinking, but I love it.

Here’s how it goes.

Ethan Emmet: “Don’t tell Jill, she always likes me to think positive, but what I like to do is this: I would imagine all of the bad things that could possibly happen if you enter this contest. Like, you could die of a tragic butter overdose. There could be a rabid grizzly bear hiding inside this very moose lodge ready to tear your face off.”

Destiny: “There could be a python inside.”

Ethan: “What if this place is full of monkeys with a deadly virus?”

Destiny: “There could be the ghost of Hitler.”

Ethan: “What if there’s no gravity in there and you float up and bang your head on the ceiling and then all of a sudden gravity kicks in and then you bang your head on the floor?”

Destiny: “There could be a black hole that would suck me all up.”

Ethan: “What if this place is full of good looking British vampires?”

Destiny: “The worst of all of them.”

Ethan: “They’re so pale.”

Destiny: “Or hungry cannibals!”

Ethan: “It could happen. So think about all of that and ask yourself, really what’s the worst that can happen?”

Destiny: “I could be terrible and lose.”

Ethan: “Yeah, yeah, you could, but could you live with that?”

The moral of the story? Don’t let the fear of what could happen stop you from following your dreams and being brave. 

You can totally do it.

Whatever it is that you want to do.

Even if you do fail, chances are, you’ll be okay in the end. Unless you get attacked by rampaging hippos, then you might just be on your own.

I love you.

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    December 15, 2012 / 9:07 am

    You know, it's also a coaching technique to make people come up with the worst that could happen, and then ask how they'd deal with that. Usually things like losing money create such unfathomable fears in people, they don't *really* know what they're afraid of. And once we think the thought through to the end, we find that the world won't end and that we'll cope. It's a very powerful tool against fear :-)

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