Sometimes light bulb moments come from the most unlikely places. Recently I sat down on a Sunday night to watch an episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” on the OWN Network, where Oprah Winfrey interviewed rapper 50 cent. The goal was to reveal the real man named Curtis James Jackson — the one behind the bad boy persona.
I decided to tune in because I heard he would be revealing his spiritual side, and I know he is working to feed children in Africa through the sales of his energy drink “Street King.” However, I can honestly say I didn’t expect to come away with a golden nugget of advice from the rapper … but that is exactly what happened!
At one point, Oprah said to him: “I’m stunned by your whole persona. You seem like a gentle soul.” She asked about when he was shot nine times in front of his grandmother’s home, and specifically asked “Are you afraid to die?”
50 Cent said “no” because he knows he is not in control, and that when there doesn’t seem to be an answer for something, he turns to a “higher power.” And then came the nugget…
“Either pray or worry, don’t do both,” he told Oprah.
This simple statement gets right to the heart of it. If we have faith in something greater than ourselves, and we choose to pray to a higher power, why do we then continue to worry about the situation? We simply can’t have faith and worry at the same time.
This is also true with the law of attraction. We are told to ask and believe, but before the receive comes the letting go. However many of us ask, believe … and then worry!
I really wanted to share this with our readers who may have missed the interview, as the statement he made really stayed with me. The next time I say a prayer, or ask the universe, God, spirit or a higher power for guidance or help, I will remember the prayer means I no longer have to worry about a solution. I just need to know it’s on its way, and remember to say “thank you” when it arrives. I hope you will do the same.
Thank you Curtis Jackson, a.k.a. 50 Cent. Maybe you can write a rap around that golden nugget!