Diagnosing a Case of the Dwindles

Morning without you is a dwindled dawn.
~Emily Dickinson in a letter to a friend April 1885

For the past year, the most common search term bringing new readers to my Barnstorming blog is “dwindled dawn.” I have written about Emily Dickinson’s “dwindles” on occasions, but had not really been diagnosed with a serious case myself until recently.

I am not the only one. It has spread across the globe and I regularly recognize the symptomatology of the dwindles in my clinical work with patients.

There really isn’t a pill or other therapy that works well for this. One of the most effective treatments I might prescribe is breaking bread with friends and family all in the same room at the same table while the sun rises around us, lingering in conversation because there could not be anything more important for us to do.

Just being together would be the ultimate cure.

Maybe experiencing friend and family deficiency helps us understand how vital they are to our well-being. You don’t know what you have ’till they’re gone, sadly some now forever.

Point well-taken; it is high time to replenish the reservoir before dwindling away to nothing.

So if you are visiting these words for the first time because you too searched for “dwindled dawn,” welcome to Barnstorming. We can dwindle together in our shared isolation.

Because mornings without you all diminishes me.
I just wanted you to know.

4 thoughts on “Diagnosing a Case of the Dwindles

  1. Loved this so much. Had an experience this morning while getting ready for the day. Looking in the mirror, was overcome with emotion suddenly, I was thinking about my family that I can’t see very often and how I missed them. Thank you for providing a respite. ♥

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  2. Thank you for this, dear Emily.
    I had never read nor heard the term ‘dwindled down’ used with such appropriate meaning’ until I saw it here today.
    So, the usage of it may be new to me, but not the meaning of the implication of the words, loss, missing, emptiness, etc. are are all too familiar and crushing when they occur – especially unexpectedly (as with the current world Pandemic
    that has settled in with such astounding death statistics among all ages).. . Even though our life experiences of the
    cumulative losses of treasured family and friends over time and, with that, the reality and long-term effect of these losses settle into our memories and our souls, leaving an accrued aching sadness and emptiness.
    For me, personally, it is only the gift of deep faith that consoles me, assuring that I will see all those loved ones who have left this temporary home when they will greet us when we arrive at our new Eternal home — Jesus’ promised Kingdom.

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