The story is told of a poor man who happened to find Aladdin's magic lamp. On rubbing the lamp, a genie appeared and granted him one wish. So he asked for a newspaper exactly a year into the future. Upon receiving the newspaper, he turned to the section listing stock prices. His plan was to buy stocks that would gain value and thereby become a millionaire. Browsing through the paper, he was very pleased about his sudden turn of luck. However, he was soon shocked to find his name in the newspaper's obituary. Suddenly he was no longer interested in the share prices.
People make so many plans, while being unaware of their approaching death date.
Now listen, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and
make money.' Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a
little while and then vanishes. (James 4:13-14)