Particularly among university students, there is a desire for self-, life-, and nation-improvement. Sometimes that can feel very overwhelming, whether it’s in the pressures of exams or the bigger picture of being one person trying to make a difference in their nation. These proverbs seem particularly relevant.
Haba na haba hujaza kibaba – Little and little fills the measure.
It’s easy to despise small contributions but they all add up. This is encouragement for people who feel they have only a little to give.
Hakuna refu lisilo na ncha – There is no length without an end.
In English we might say ‘this too shall pass’.
Kenda karibu na kumi – Nine is close to ten.
This proverb is used to encourage someone to endure their problems or doubts and not turn back. If they just keep going for a little while longer, they will get nearer the end.
Kupotea njia ndiko kujua njia – To get lost on the way is to know the way.
Don’t be scared to worried to ‘try, try and try again’. If you make a mistake, tomorrow you will improve. Try different ways until you get where you want to go.
Lililopita hupishwa – What’s past is past.
What’s done is done. There’s not point constantly bringing to mind things that have already happened. Don’t live in the past.
Tamie Davis is an Aussie living in Tanzania, writing at meetjesusatuni.com.