Here is something I heard on a rerun of what I thought was a pretty good show, Vanishing Son:
Two monks, one old and one young were out walking and the younger monk noticed the older one occasionally pulling out a mirror and gazing into it. Realizing vanity was frowned upon by the monks in general, when this continued throughout the day he finally had to ask. "Master, I've seen you during the day gazing into that mirror, please explain this to me." "My young friend", the master replied. "Whenever I begin to feel overwhelmed by my troubles I look into this mirror to remind me not only of the source of my problems, but of the solution as well!"