Yesterday was the season opening of my local Rita's Italian Ice, and I was so excited to go - not only because they were offering 50% off everything, but also because it's just another wonderful sign of spring on its way!
What I like most about Rita's (besides their delicious treats, of course!) is that they promote and promise happiness. In fact, their tag line is: Ice, Custard, Happiness and they really value living up to that promise for their "guests". And, even better, they have their RITAS values: Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Service. Now that's pretty cool...no pun intended.
After eating my amazingly delicious ice yesterday, I began thinking more about the Rita's promise of happiness, and remembered a great quote I once read that really embodied the mission of the franchise:
Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give. -Eleanor Roosevelt
Even if you're not the lucky owner of a Rita's (I mean, how awesome would that be?!) I think you should still take these words to heart and try to carry them with you every day. We should be giving a lot of thought into the happiness that we are able to give to others, and in turn, to ourselves. I want as many people to smile when they see me as when they see a Rita's. I want to deliver happiness...and if I could, I'd love to throw in some ice and custard as well!
So this week, think of yourself as a new Rita's franchise and remember the Rita's Equation....how will you serve up some happiness?