The lives of the Karanga people during traditional times were by no means easy. Various proverbs relate to the challenges they may have faced or how they had to respond in order to survive. One such example is this proverb which highlights twin challenges that are inescapable because one challenge visits one by day while another visits one by night. In both situations what is key is the individual comes to terms with such scenarios and invokes the courage to address these challenges. In this way our ancestors were giving us a rallying call that regardless of the hardships we will inescapably face, we must have courage as we meet these hardships.
The proverb is meant to strengthen someone to the realities of life that one will always have challenges to face and hence one needs to be courageous in all they endure. It can also be used to express exasperation by pointing out a twin challenge that one cannot avoid but should rather confront with valour.