Day 90 Training / Day 6 2-A-Days / #TLFM


Saturday has arrived and have watched the sunset yet again. So blessed and humble to be working on this project #TheLastFullMeasure
Every morning I watch the sun, I thank the Lord. Sometimes we pray, we ask for things in our life. I no longer ask for anything. I just say out loud, how grateful and thankful for all that I already have in this life. I need nothing more than what the Lord feels I need. Many moons ago, I put my life in the hands of my maker. Everyone born into this world has a purpose. It took me 18 years to discover mine. Being an actor / artist was not specific enough. It's these stories about the men in women that fought and sacrificed their lives for all that we have today. We are so unbelievably fortunate to live in the United States of America. Over the past year we have torn each other apart and tried to destroy what so many souls lost their lives for and that is Freedom & Liberty. We must respect those sacrifices by respecting each other's race, sex, religion & beliefs.
When I was just a boy, I saw a film called GLORY. It tells the story of the 54th Regiment during the Civil War. It was the first time I remember crying in the theater. "Give um hell 54th" will forever be burned into my mind.
I was young at the time but something about that film touched my soul. My dad Keith Maddison took me to go see the film but I am not sure if he wanted me to learn something but I did. That, along with my late grandfathers service to Great Britain and the World during WWII would set me on a path that ultimately would lead me joining the Marine Corps and put me on this film I'm about to embark on Monday.
There was this incredible moment in the film between Morgan Freeman & a young Denzel Washington. Denzel's character was a rebel. He was so filled with hate and anger that he was blind. Not physically blind but blind to the love and sacrifice that he was surrounded by:

Rawlins: "And what are you? So full of hate you want to go out and fight everybody! Because you've been whipped and chased by hounds. Well that might not be living, but it sure as hell ain't dying. And dying's been what these white boys have been doing for going on three years now! Dying by the thousands! Dying for *you*, fool! I know, 'cause I dug the graves. And all this time I keep askin' myself, when, O Lord, when it's gonna be our time? Gonna come a time when we all gonna hafta ante up. Ante up and kick in like men. LIKE MEN!"

Moments and words like this forever changed my life. I look at where I am at today at almost 42 years old. I HAVE unconditional love and support from my family. I HAVE friends through thick and thin, never left my side and saw all that I wanted to achieve in this life, so that I could help leave it in a better place. I HAVE my beloved and truly the soul of who I am in my three pups Foxi, Roxi & Phili. I HAVE champions, who have met me, affected my life as much as I have theirs (Just a Reflection). I HAVE artists and colleagues who have rallied behind me and stood up for charities and the good we put out into the world. I HAVE my Veteran community who are the true meaning of Band of Brothers. Not just a title in a film but men and women who would give their life if asked. When I was a teenager, I had this childhood friend who would constantly question me. We got into this huge fist-fight and afterwards I told him, "Don't you get it? I'd give my life for you brother." He laughed at me and said that all I cared about was myself. It took 20 years of friendship and going through boot camp and life together that in April of 2011 something significant happened in my life. He sat me down and apologized. He said, "I didn't believe you when we were kids, but now I know." In that moment, everything changed. I knew there was a bigger picture as to why I was running around Hollywood, pounding the pavement. I knew it was less about Red Carpets, fame & money. I knew it was about humanity and my responsibility to do what is right. Our responsibility to tell these stories and get them right. I am now surrounded by veterans. I'm embraced by some of the most powerful people not just in the US but around the world. I HAVE a mission. We have a mission and we have never failed. I HAVE never failed. And now as I wake up this morning and look to the sun rising over this incredible city, I know and believe more than ever what I am here for and why I wake up every morning and open my eyes. I know now I can do it because I know I HAVE