I realize that this is a tough test for Ethereum, and many of my friends are concerned. An important thing to remember is that before anything can be crowned as the best, a certain level of resiliency must be displayed. The world needs to see this, so that in the future they can remember what Ethereum's developers did in the face of pain.
In the face of pain, people reveal themselves. Pressure builds up, decisions get made without a second or third thought; it is during this beautiful time that one can see exactly what a person is made of. You could call it a blessing in disguise, provided this is handled in a timely, appropriate fashion.
On the top world level of any competition, the public holds a high respect for someone that must suffer through great turmoil to achieve victory. Think about a boxer who's been knocked down several times, but still decides to get up and continue and goes on to victory. One that suffers considerably during this course, but keeps it together and maintains enough composure to achieve the win.
Right now, that hurt boxer is ethereum. You could even figure that BTC is the champ who knocked us down; hitherto extremely cocky, as his fallen opponent is rising back up, showing an undeterred will on the ascent. Bitcoin begins to worry after seeing Ethereum pass the litmus test and continue coming forward. You'd be smart to be worried - a smarter fighter displaying the ability to absorb the best pain in the game and keep coming forward is, indeed, a force to be reckoned with.
So, rest assured that if the developers handle this properly, it's nothing more than a blessing in disguise. The public will respect and trust us much more if this is handled timely and appropriately; we already have the timely part of the equation because our team is working hard at it. Think positive.